Alcohol Facts and Information
Recommended daily limits
Drinking more than the recommended daily limits of alcohol
can cause health problems including high blood pressure, cancers
and liver disease. The effect of alcohol increases with age, and
young people and pregnant women are particularly vulnerable to its
effects. If you would like to reduce your drinking, advice and help
is available from your GP, Pathways to Recovery and many websites
including NHS website and Drink Aware website.
As a guide:
- Men should not drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol a
- Women should not drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol per
- Older people are particularly at risk from the harmful effects
of alcohol. Recent guidance is that the upper safe limit for those
over 65 is equivalent to a half pint of lager or a small (125ml)
glass of wine
- An alcohol free childhood is the healthiest and best option. If
children do drink alcohol they should not do so until they are at
least 15 years old. If 15 to 17 year olds do drink alcohol it
should be rarely, and never more than once a week
- Pregnant women or women (and men) trying to conceive should
avoid drinking alcohol. If pregnant women do choose to drink, to
minimise the risk to the baby, they should not drink more than 1-2
units of alcohol once or twice a week and should not get drunk
So what does a unit of alcohol look like?
More detailed information on units can be found on the Public Health website.
Drinking causes damage you can't see
The facts on health harms and how to drink less.
is so much advice and information about alcohol that it can
sometimes seem overwhelming. If you prefer to work out for yourself
how many units you are drinking and to make a plan to cut down then
you may find this booklet helpful.
If you prefer to talk to someone about your drinking contact
your GP, call Worcestershire Pathways to Recovery
on 0808 178 3295.
or Drinkline (24 hour support) on 0800 917 8282.
if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating
or feelings of anxiety until you have a first drink of the day),
you should take medical advice before stopping completely as it can
be dangerous to do this too quickly and without proper advice and
Alcohol and the law
Premises such as shops, bars, pubs, village halls, schools and
clubs selling or supplying alcohol – even on an occasional basis –
will probably need to be licensed or registered with their local
authority. In Worcestershire see licensing information on district
council websites or contact Worcestershire Regulatory Services on
01527 881454 for more information.
It is illegal for anyone to sell alcohol to a person who is
under 18, and also against the law for an adult to buy alcohol for
or on behalf of anyone who is under 18. (There is one exception to
this rule, when 16 or 17 year olds are eating a meal in a
restaurant, beer or cider can be purchased for them).
Under 18's cannot buy alcohol in any licensed premises.
For more information about
national alcohol policy and the law see the Home Office
- Talk to Frank
and confidential information and signposting.
Community programme to encourage
abstinence from alcohol.
- Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Recovering addicts who meet regularly to help each other.
Information, training and support for carers, support groups and
- Alcohol Myths
Test your knowledge of alcohol-related
risks and find out the facts about drinking.
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This page was last reviewed 9 July 2013 at 16:23.
The page is next due for review 5 January 2015.