Picture of beer.jpgAlcohol can harm every aspect of our life from physical and mental health problems to relationships and employment

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  • take a quiz about alcohol on the BBC website. The key is to drink sensibly and in moderation.

The Rewards of Cutting Down

Cutting down and changing your drinking patterns will bring direct rewards for your weight and energy levels, overall health, mood and general outlook and relationships.        

Alcohol is measured in units and it is this number that determines the strength of the drink. Alcohol packaging contains information on units and the percentage of alcohol in your drink.     

How much is too much?

Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis

Spread your drinking over 3 or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week 

If you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week

How many units of alcohol put you at risk?

MODERATE RISK - hazardous

For both of men and women regularly drinking 15 or more than units a week run the risk of developing problems such as high blood pressure, liver disease and even brain damage. As alcohol affects your judgement and ability to control impulses you may have said or done things that you regret.

HIGH RISK – dangerous

MEN – more than 7 units a day (over 50 a week)

WOMEN - more than 5 units a day (over 35 units)

Drinking at this level could indicate that you are dependent on alcohol and are at high risk of causing serious harm to yourself. It is not advisable to stop drinking suddenly but it would be time to seek professional help.

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Type of drink unit kcal

Pint or can of normal-strength lager/beer (Harp, Carling, Boddingtons, etc.)



Pint or can of strong lager/beer (Stella, Red Stripe, Corona, Kronenbourg, etc.)



Bottle of lager (Budweiser, etc.)



1-litre bottle of normal-strength cider (Strongbow, Woodpecker, etc.)



1 bottle of alcopop (Bacardi Breezer, WKD, Smirnoff Ice, etc.)



75cl bottle of sherry (QC, Harveys Bristol Cream, etc.)



75cl bottle of port



75cl bottle of wine (wines come in different strengths, so check the label)



Large glass of wine in a pub



Standard-size bottle of spirits
(vodka, gin, brandy, whisky, etc.)



1-litre bottle of spirits
(vodka, gin, brandy, whisky, etc.)



A single pub measure of spirits
(vodka, gin, brandy, whisky, etc.)






Getting support from local agencies

Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service - 0300 790 0265

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership - 0300 123 1201

Alcoholics Anonymous0845 769 755


Useful websites



friends celebrating


Drinking alcohol can be fun

GP and patient talking

Too much can be bad for your health

two friends enjoying a pint

You can put on weight

man drinking

Men and women should have less than 14 units a week

friends celebrating

You should try and spread your drinking over 3 or more days

pint of beer

1 Pint of beer or cider = 2 units

white wine

1 Glass of wine = 1 unit

glass of brandy

1 Spirit = 1 unit

For easy read information ask our Strategic Health Facilitators.  Ring 01332 268455


Useful links

NHS South of England - A picture of health