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A tipple too far?

Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol posterOne of the nation's defining features is that we love to talk about drinking – but are we having the right kind of conversation? With the festive season fast approaching most of us like to have a drink and overindulge, but for some, regular patterns of over drinking can have serious effects on their health. So what is too much?

Regularly drinking more than the recommended daily limits puts you at risk of seriously damaging your health. There's no guaranteed safe level, but if you drink less than the recommended daily amount, the risks of harming your health are low.

The NHS recommends:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3 to 4 units of alcohol a day
  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2 to 3 units of alcohol a day
  • If you've had a heavy drinking session, avoid alcohol for 48 hours

'Regularly' means drinking these amounts every day or most days of the week. This can put you at high risk of certain health problems such as liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attacks.

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better and reducing your risk of developing these health conditions. You may need help if:

  • You always feel the need to have a drink 
  • You get into trouble because of your drinking
  • Other people warn you about how much you're drinking

A good place to start is with your GP who will be able to talk to you about your drinking and where you can go for help. Your GP may refer you on to support teams such as our Sandwell Community Alcohol Service, where staff can talk to you about your health and circumstances and give you advice on treatment options.

For more information visit:

Alcohol Concern

NHS Choices

Sandwell Community Alcohol Service