National Evidence recommends:
- Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol a day.
- Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day.
'Regularly' means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.
Most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t dependent on alcohol. They're simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years.
Alcohol’s hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years, and by then, serious health problems can have developed:
- Liver problems.
- Reduced fertility.
- High blood pressure.
- Increased risk of various cancers & heart attack.
The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The more you drink, the greater the health risks.
Working out how much you drink
Use the alcohol unit calculator to find out how many units there are in a single drink or in a number of drinks.
If you have an iPhone or iPod touch you can download the drinks tracker from the iTunes app store for free.
Binge drinking usually refers to drinking lots of alcohol in a short space of time or drinking to get drunk. Binge drinking is defined as consuming 8 or more units in a single session for men and 6 or more for women.
The effects this can have on you can change depending on your individual tolerance and speed of drinking in a session.
When drinking, try to pace yourself, avoid drinking more than you are used to and avoid drinking so much that you get drunk.
Find more information on alcohol and drinking.
Cambridgeshire Inclusion offer free and confidential support to residents of Cambridgeshire aged 18 and over.
Inclusion is for anyone who:
- Is worried about their alcohol or drug use.
- Wants support to cut down or stop.
- Tried to give up on their own and finding it hard.
Inclusion offer different ways to get involved and support their work; volunteering and recovery champion development opportunities.
You can book to see a member of staff from Inclusion by calling 0300 555 0101 or by receiving a referral from a health professional.
Cambridgeshire Child and Adolescent Substance Use Service (CASUS)
If you are worried about your own or someone else's drug or alcohol use, please call for support services for under 18s:
- CASUS South: Cambridge, South and East Cambridgeshire: 01223 214 614
- CASUS North: Huntingdonshire and Fenland: 01480 415 278