Drug and alcohol misuse

    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 easily accessed by the people who really need it 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 at  www.nhs.uk/live-well/.

    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 see the UK Chief Officer Medical Guidance

    What support is available in Wiltshire?

    There are specialist services available for anyone who would like information, advice or support with their use of alcohol and/ or drugs. There is also support available for those who are affected by others alcohol and/ or drug use.

    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:

    Rethink Your Drink

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