For men and women, lower-risk drinking means drinking no more than 14 units of alcohol per week. Don't save them up for the weekend - they should be spread over a minimum of three days with at least two alcohol-free days per week.

glasses of beer and wine

You should avoid alcohol if you're under 18, trying for a baby or are pregnant. Remember, buying alcohol for under 18s is illegal and can result in a £5,000 fine and/or three months in jail.

Don't forget that the drink drive limit has been lowered and alcohol stays in your system for longer than you might think. If you're thinking of driving the morning after a night out, you may still be over the limit.



Top tips

know your units -one unit of alcohol equals:

  • half a pint of normal-strength lager (Tennent's, Carling etc)
  • one 25ml measure of spirits
  • half of a 175ml glass of wine (13 per cent)


  • try drinking lower-strength drinks - beers start at 3 per cent and some wines are 7 per cent
  • why not space your drinks by having soft drinks or water every second drink?
  • pace yourself - plan how long you will be out for and how many drinks you will have and stick to your plan
  • drink with food where possible
  • not everyone drinks alcohol - it's okay to say no.

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