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Drugs and Alcohol

Alcohol can harm every aspect of our life from physical and mental health problems to relationships and employment

  • Find out more about your drinking in the booklet

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

  • take a quiz about alcohol . 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 am 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?

MEN: 3-4 units in a day. No more than 21 units a week

WOMEN: 2-3 units in a day. No more than 14 units a week.

Give your liver a break!  It is also recommended that you should have at least 2 alcohol free days per week.

How many units of alcohol put you at risk?

MODERATE RISK - hazardous

MEN - more than 3-4 units a day (35 a week)

WOMEN – more than 2-3 units a day(28 a week)

You run the risk of developing problems such as high blood pressure, liver diseas e 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 8 units a day (over 42 a week)

WOMEN - more than 6 units a day (over 40 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.

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

Derby Substance Misuse Services

Phoenix Futures - 0300 7900 265

ADS- Derby City Alcohol Misuse Service 0800 0515857 (Freephone)

DAAS – Derbyshire Alcohol Advice Service 0845 308 4010 or 01246 206514

Alcoholics Anonymous– 0845 769 755

Useful websites

Drinkaware

FRANK

Sensible Drinking Rewards