Lots of people can enjoy drinking without it causing them any problems. But some people can get addicted to it, which means they start to rely on it.
Alcohol might make people do things they can regret later. Dont forget that alcohol is a drug and can cause serious long term problems.
How much is too much?
" 3-4 units a day for a man with two days alcohol free.
" 2-3 units a day for a woman with two days alcohol free.
" There are no recommended units for young people.
" Most alcopops are 1.5-1.8 units, and a litre bottle of 7.5% cider is 7.5 units.
" A unit is half a pint of beer or a single measure of spirits.
" When you drink more than this in one day its called binge drinking and its bad for your health.
For more Information
Alcoholics Anonymous site with help for those that are having a problem controlling their alcohol consumption.
FRANK is an organisation that provides free confidential advice about both legal and illegal drugs and has helpful information about alcohol.
Alcohol Concern is the UK body that supports people with any issues they may have with alcohol abuse see
Turning Point is a social care organization working with individuals and their communities across England and Wales in many areas including alcohol misuse. Visit Turning Point at
NACOA (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics) a free and confidential helpline to give support and advice to children and young people living in the care of alcoholics.
Drink line 0345 320202 (calls are charged at local rates)
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