Drugs and alcohol

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

  • Find out more about your drinking here       

  • Find out what a unit of alcohol is in the video

  • 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.        

How do I know if I'm drinking too much?

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.

A guide to the number of units and calories in some popular drinks

Click here to take a quiz about alcohol
Unit                                                                                                kcal

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

2

187

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

3

233

Bottle of lager (Budweiser, etc.)

2

132

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

4.5

350

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

2

184

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

26

1,020

75cl bottle of port

15

1,185

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

7–9

555

Large glass of wine in a pub

3

185

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

26-28

1,456

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

40

2,080

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

1

52

 

 

 

Getting support from local agencies

Getting support from local agencies

Derby Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service - 0300 790 0265

Derbyshire Recovery Partnership - 0300 123 1201

Alcoholics Anonymous– 0845 769 755

 

Useful websites

Drinkaware

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Drugs and Alcohol for people with Learning Disabilities

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Drinking alcohol can be fun


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Too much can be bad for your health


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You can put on weight


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Men and women should have less than 14 units a week


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


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1 Pint of beer or cider = 2 units


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1 Glass of wine = 1 unit


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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

 

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