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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 

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.

Services for young people

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

Further information for Young People

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