Alcohol

The UK Chief Medical Officers’ alcohol guidelines for both men and women states that

  • to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis

  • if you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it's best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days; If you have one or two heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risk of death from long-term illness and injuries

  • the risk of developing a range of health problems (including cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases the more you drink on a regular basis

  • if you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days a week

Drinking while you are pregnant

Drinking alcohol at any stage during pregnancy can cause harm to your baby and the more you drink, the greater the risk. For more information visit Drink Aware - Alcohol and pregnancy (opens in new window).