Drinking Sensibly…Why is it important?

National charity Alcohol Concern suggest around 90% of the UK population drink alcohol – the majority drink at lower risk levels – but more people are drinking at higher risk.

The Department of Health, in 2008, reported that alcohol misuse use is associated with 1 million hospital admissions each year and 17 million days off work.


Know your Units – New Department of Health Guidelines – January 2016

The Department of Health issued new guidelines on Friday 8th January 2016 aimed at reducing risks to health through alcohol consumption. The new guidelines advise:

  • Men and women not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week
  • Spreading your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week
  • Not saving up units and drinking them all in one go
  • Ensure you have alcohol-free days
  • No level of alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy

Units of Alcohol

It is easy to lose track of units consumed and they all add up

Some helpful Tips…

  • Try to have 1 or 2 alcohol free days each week
  • Try not to binge drink (men who drink 8 or more units in one session, and women who drink 6 or more units in one session)
  • If you have drunk too much allow at least 48 hours for body to recover


For more information about how alcohol affects your health visit the Alcohol Concern's website

Or if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking and want to know how to access local support here in Walsall, the Substance-Misuse-Treatment-Services page re-directs to information about The Beacon alcohol recovery service.

Last Updated: 23/06/2017