Alcohol

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Guidance for people who drink regularly

  • There is no safe limit for alcohol.
  • You are safest not to drink regularly more than 14 units per week – if you do drink as much as 14 units per week it is best to spread these evenly over three days or more.
  • If you have one or two heavy drinking sessions, you increase your risks of death from long term illnesses and from accidents and injuries.
  • The risk of developing a range of illnesses (including, for example, cancers of the mouth, throat and breast) increases with the amount you drink on a regular basis.
  • If you wish to cut down the amount you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

Pregnancy and drinking

  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all, to keep risks to your baby to a minimum.
  • Drinking in pregnancy can lead to long-term harm to the baby, with the more you drink the greater the risk.

Where to find more information and support services

Alcohol is the most widely used mood-altering substance in the UK. When used irresponsibly it can cause immense harm to users, their families, friends and communities.  Alcohol is a priority for both health and community safety partners in Warwickshire. Partnership work to reduce this harm is undertaken across three key themes:

  • Education and prevention
  • Treatment and aftercare
  • Local enforcement of alcohol-related legislation

If you are worried about your own, or someone else’s drinking, our useful links and services can provide you with expert information, support and guidance.

If you are a practitioner and wish to find out about local services and support related to alcohol, please visit the alcohol section on the Warwickshire Health and Wellbeing Portal.

Key Strategies and Documents

Available on the Warwickshire Drug and Alcohol Action Team webpage.

Evidence Base and Needs Assessment

Drug and alcohol needs assessments are produced on an annual basis in partnership with the Warwickshire Observatory. They provide a picture of the level of need for drug and alcohol treatment in the county. The findings and recommendations within the assessments help to inform the council and its partners with planning services for the future.