Drinking small amounts of alcohol is a pleasant social activity for many people.

However, as the amount you drink and the number of times you drink increases, so do the risks.

The risks associated with excessive alcohol drinking include raised blood pressure, stomach disorders, depression and emotional disorders, malnutrition and liver disorders.

Regularly drinking too much means that you are more likely to die early from liver disease or be admitted to hospital for health problems linked to drinking alcohol.

Sensible drinking guidelines

  • Women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day and a maximum of 14 units a week
  • Men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day and a maximum of 21 units a week
  • Drink alcohol on no more than five days a week
  • Have a day off between drinking days and don’t drink for 48 hours after a binge
  • Pregnant women, women trying to conceive and people with certain medical conditions should not drink alcohol at all
  • If you regularly drink more than 15-34 units for women and 22-49 units for men per week you should see your GP for advice

Track your drinking
You can visit, the Alcohol and its effects website for a drinking self-assessment, a unit calculator and a drinks diary. 

Where to get advice?

If you are misusing alcohol, or if you are concerned about a friend or relative, contact your GP who will help you to access the right health services.

You can also contact:
The Recovery Partnership
(alcohol service for adults)
Ironmonger Row
Coventry CV1 1FD
Tel: 024 7663 0135

(alcohol service for young people)
Tel: 024 7625 1653

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