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Drug and alcohol misuse


Key Messages

  • Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week
  • 14 units is the equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer, 6 medium glasses of 13% wine, or 14 single 25ml serves of spirits
  • If you do drink 14 units then it should be spread across 3 or more days
  • If you are pregnant you shouldn't drink any alcohol
  • You should limit the amount of alcohol you drink in any one session
  • For more information please go see the UK Chief Officer Medical Guidance

Rethink your drink

Answer the questions below about your drinking habits, then add up your total.

Your drinking habits

About you

What did you score?

ScoreWhat your score means
0-4You are a low risk drinker. This means you are less likely to develop an alcohol related illness in later life.

You may be drinking at increased risk levels. Continuing to drink at this level could have serious health implications in later life.

If you would like some support in reducing alcohol consumption, you may wish to contact the Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service

Alternatively, if you would like to make a range of changes to your lifestyle, contact the Wiltshire Council health trainers.

9+You are drinking at higher risk levels. Continuing to drink at this level is likely to cause a serious alcohol related illness.

If you would like some support in reducing alcohol consumption, you may wish to contact the Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service

Alternatively, if you would like to make a range of changes to your lifestyle, contact the Wiltshire Council health trainers.

Please note that the anonymised data will be collated to inform service development and commissioning in the future. For further information please see the GDPR information or Subject Information Notice linked on this page, or contact substancemisuseteam@wiltshire.gov.uk.

Drug and alcohol misuse - more information

Drug and alcohol misuse can have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends and the communities we live in. Providing high quality specialist services that are easy accessed by the people who really need is vital in reducing the health and social impacts of drug and alcohol misuse.

General information about the health effects of drugs and alcohol can be found on the NHS Choices website, where you can also find out how much alcohol is too much.

There are specialist services available for anyone who is experiencing problems with their use of alcClub Sodaohol and or drugs and those who are affected by it.

These services are based in the community and are free and confidential. The services are designed to help people get back on their feet by addressing their issues and helping them to make lasting, positive life changes. There is no time limit on the support and treatment on offer and the service’s aims are to be a stepping stone to a healthier life with more opportunities.

To find out more about the services available and how you, or someone you know, can be helped, contact Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service on 0345 603 6993.

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Dear Albert helps individuals to stop taking alcohol and drugs. If you would like help and information on how to address any form of addictive behaviour or substance misuse, or are looking for answers on behalf of a family member or friend / associate, please click here

Nelson Trust  offers a service for women who have experienced trauma or abuse which is closely associated with substance dependency: women can now undertake a residential programme in safe, supportive and trauma informed setting with an all-female staff team.

Julian House was set up to offer direct support to some of the most marginalised people in society. For information on the Wiltshire services provided please click here


Services for young people

Motiv8 is a service for young people who need help with substance misuse:

  • Supporting young people aged 17 and under who are using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Providing confidential one-to-one support sessions
  • Meeting you at a convenient place of your choice
  • Giving advice and information on drugs and alcohol and other helpful organisations 
  • Providing services for pregnant young women who are using drugs and/or alcohol
  • Helping you get access to medical support
  • Advising you on how to live healthier
  • Helping young people understand the risks of taking drugs and alcohol
  • Supporting young people and act on your behalf when talking to school/college/family
  • Helping your family understand how they can help you
  • Helping you access other support services 
  • Tel: 0800 169 6136
  • Email info@dhimotiv8.org.uk
  • Follow @dhimotiv8 on Instagram
  • Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
  • If you feel that you need emergency help phone 999 and/or call your doctor

If you believe that a child is at risk from a parent or carer who appears to be incapacitated by substance misuse/mental instability and you cannot safeguard them in any other way you must contact the police by dialling 999 immediately.

  • You can talk to your school nurse or a trusted teacher who will help you find out what would best help
  • You can go to your Doctor
  • You could look at the NHS Choices website which offers useful information for teen boys and girls aged 15 - 18

You can contact one of the many help sites available nationally such as:

  • Talk to Frank - confidential drug advice
  • The Line - especially for young people, you can text on  07786 511111 or call on 0800 51 11 11
  • Childline - 0800 1111 - if you want to talk to someone about what is worrying you at any time of the night and day
  • ADFAM - 0207 553 7640 or admin@adfam.org.uk – if you want to talk a specialist about a family member who is using drugs and/or alcohol

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Last updated: 11 June 2018 | Last reviewed: 11 June 2018