What are the recommended daily limits for alcohol?
Drinking under the recommended daily limit can reduce the risk of health problems in the future…
- Men should not regularly drink more than three to four units a day.
- Women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day.
What are units?
Units are a simple way of expressing the quantity of pure alcohol in a drink. The number of units in a drink is based on the size of the drink as well as its alcohol strength.
You can work out the number of units there are in a drink by using this sum:
Multiply strength (ABV) by volume (ml) and divide by 1,000 to get the units or use this unit calculator.
Is drinking harming my health?
Many health risks are connected with drinking. People who are:
- 'lower-risk' drinkers are less likely to cause themselves future harm. This would mean drinking no more than the recommended daily limits.
- 'increasing-risk' drinkers are at risk of increasing harm to their health. This would mean drinking more than three to four units a day on a regular basis if you're a man or more than two to three units a day on a regular basis if you're a woman.
- 'higher-risk' drinkers are at higher risk of causing themselves long-term damage. This would mean drinking more than eight units a day or more than 50 units a week if you are a man or more than six units a day or more than 35 units a week if you are a woman
For more information, visit the NHS website.
Where can I get local advice and support to reduce or stop drinking?
View more information on getting help with reducing your alcohol units.
To get confidential advice on a range of alcohol treatment options, call Derby Drug and Alcohol Service on 0300 790 0265 or drop in at:
Derby Drug and Alcohol Service
St Andrew's House
201 London Road
- 9.00am to 5.00pm (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday)
- 9.00am to 7.00pm (Tuesday).
Anyone under 18 years old can get help and support by contacting:
8 Curzon Street
Telephone: 01332 641661