Advice

 

This section will provide all kinds of information about alcohol. Hopefully we can help you decide if you are drinking enough to put yourself in danger. The following links provide some basic information that everyone should know:

 

WHAT IS ALCOHOL?
THE LAWS ON ALCOHOL
SAFETY INFORMATION

 

When should you be worried about your drinking? What exactly does alcohol do to your body, your mind and your whole lifestyle? The following link gives some detailed information about the various ways that alcohol can affect the drinker.

 

HOW ALCOHOL AFFECTS YOU

 

How badly alcohol can effect you depends on how much, and how regularly you drink it. We suggest you keep an alcohol diary and use the table below to measure your intake. You can also take our online questionnaire for an immediate scoring.

 

QUESTIONNAIRE - IS YOUR DRINKING A PROBLEM?

 

Drink diary
Keep a diary of how much you drink in a week and count up all your units using the unit table.

Drink Diary
Date Time Drink Amount Where With Whom Comments
             
             
             
             
             
             
             
             

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Safe Levels

If you keep within the safe levels of alcohol intake, you have a much better chance of avoiding the problems described in the effects of alcohol section. Here are the recommended alcohol levels:

 

If you are over 18:

Male:
Your safe levels of alcohol per week are 21.
Your safe levels of alcohol per day are 3
Female:
Your safe levels of alcohol per week are 14
Your safe levels of alcohol per day are 2

If you are under 18:

There is no safe level of alcohol for you. Even a small amount of alcohol might damage you body a lot.

 

Unit Table

How Many Units of Alcohol In Your Drink?
Drink Amount Units of Alcohol
Beers & Lagers Low alcohol beer 1 pint 0.5 units
Ordinary strength beer or lager 1/2 pint 1 unit
1 pint 2 units
1 can 1.5 units
Export beer 1 pint 2.5 units
1 can 2 units
Strong ale or lager 1/2 pint 2 units
1 pint 4 units
1 can 3 units
Extra strength beer or Lager 1/2 pint 2.5 units
1 pint 5 units
1 can 4 units
Ciders Average cider 1/2 pint 1.5 units
1 pint 3 units
Quart Bottle 6 units
Strong cider 1/2 pint 2.5 units
1 pint 5 units
Quart Bottle 8 units
Table Wine Including cider wine and barley wine 175ml glass 1.5 unit
750ml bottle 7 units
1 litre bottle 10 units
Fortified Wine Buckfast, Sherry, Martini, Port 175ml glass 3.5 units
750ml bottle 14 units
Spirits Whisky, Gin, Vodka 25ml pub measure 1 unit
750ml bottle 30 units

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Remember that 1 unit = Half a pint of lager or 1 glass of wine or 1 (25ml) measure of spirits.

 

CLICK HERE FOR SOME MORE INFORMATION ON SAFE ALCOHOL USE

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