Responsible drinking

Responsible drinking

It’s recommended that you drink no more than 14 units of alcohol spread evenly over a week. This will help you keep health risks to a low level while still getting to enjoy a tipple. But do you know how much alcohol makes a unit?

What is a unit?

Here are our top tips to help you enjoy alcohol responsibly, cut down on your drinking and stay healthy:

  • Always measure spirits – don't pour them freely
  • Don't fill your wine glass to the brim
  • Choose white wine spritzers or lager shandies
  • If you like higher strength beers, have a half instead of a pint
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks

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Alcohol and pregnancy

The Department of Health recommends that pregnant women, or women trying for a baby, avoid alcohol altogether. Scientists aren’t sure about the exact impact drinking small amounts of alcohol can have on unborn babies. However, they do know that high alcohol consumption can be harmful during pregnancy. So, you might decide that the safest option for you is to avoid alcohol for nine months.