Did you know that men and women are advised not to drink regulary drink more than 14 units per week. By reducing your alcohol intake to less than 14 units a week, this is considered low-risk drinking. It's called "low risk" rather than "safe" because there is no safe drinking level.
Benefits of Cutting Down
There are so many benefits to reducing your alcohol consumption, some you may expect and others that may be a welcome surprise. Not only is it good for your general health, improving your appearance and how you feel, drinking less will have a positive impact on other aspects of your life including your relationships and work.
Do you mind if I ask you a question about alcohol?
- This question may be promoted from some verbal or visual prompts i.e. the person has stated that they have a hangover or there is evidence of drinking in the home etc
How often do you have a drink containing alcohol?
- If the answer given indicates around 4 or more times a week you may wish to consider asking how many drinks do they have on each of these occasions, explain that unit measures can be quite confusing and offer to explain a simple unit measurement guide.
- The principle behind understanding units and applying these to the guideline is important. Essentially, the greater the dose consumed, the greater the chance of unwanted effects.
This is one unit...
The Chief Medical Officers (CMO) guideline for both men and women states that:
- To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
- If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it's best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days
- If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days a week.
Healthcare professionals are advised to use the questions within the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test Consumption (AUDIT C)
State some of many benefits to reducing alcohol intake
- Save Money
- Improved relationships
- Reduce calorie intake/lose weight
- Improved fertility if you are trying for a baby
- Improved sleep
- Reduced risk of injury
- Fewer hangovers
- More alert and higher performing at work
- Reduced risk of high blood presure
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Reduced risk of liver disease
Do you think you would benefit from some further support to reduce your drinking to 'lower risk' levels?
- Speak to your GP, a loved one or call Drinkline 0300 1231110 (Mon-Fri 9am - 8pm, weekends 11am - 4pm). The Drinkline service provides free, confidential, accurate and consistent information and advice to callers who are concerned about their own or someone else`s drinking regardless of the caller`s age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or spirituality.
Download the 'One You' drinks tracker makes it easy to keep an eye on the booze and take control with daily tips and feedback) available on itunes or google play
Get further information from NHS Choices www.nhs.uk
Further tips on cutting down
Make a plan
Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you're going to drink.
Set a budget
Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
Let them know
If you let your friends and family know you're cutting down and it's important to you, you could get support from them.
Take it a day at a time
Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
Make it a smaller one
You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
Have a lower-strength drink
Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength (ABV in %). You'll find this information on the bottle.
Have a glass of water before you have alcohol and alternate alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
Take a break
Have several drink-free days each week.
DISC- Barnsley Recovery Steps
Tel: 01226 779066
Barnsley Recovery Steps supports individuals aged 18+ who are experiencing substance misuse issues. We provide early intervention, structured treatment and recovery support to allow people to achieve their goals.
New Directions - Bradford
New Directions is a free and confidential drug and alcohol recovery service for adults (including offenders), families and concerned others in Bradford.
We can support you with any questions or concerns you might have about prescription medications, alcohol, illegal drugs, 'dual diagnosis' and mental health, steroid use and more.
We provide information, advice, treatment and support and can meet you in a range of different venues including GP surgeries, pharmacies and other local community venues.
Tel: 01274 296023
10 Currer Street
Monday: 9am - 5pm
Tuesday: 9am - 8pm
Wednesday: 9am - 8pm
Thursday: 9am - 8pm
Friday: 9am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am - 1pm
Open access is available whenever we are open
Project 6 - Keighley
Project 6 is an award winning voluntary sector drug and alcohol charity based in Keighley, West Yorkshire and Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We have been delivering services for people with drug and alcohol problems and complex needs in Keighley and Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven since 1989 and have evolved in response to the changing needs of the local community.
Tel: (01535) 610180
Recovery Steps Calderdale - Drug and Alcohol Services
Provides recovery and harm reduction for drug and alcohol issues
Tel: 01422 415550
Calderdale MBC - Better Living Team
Alcohol awareness service
Confidential one to one support aimed at helping you to reduce your alcohol consumption
Tel: (01422) 230230
Tel: 01302 730956
Aspire provides services to help you lessen the impact of your addiction to the point where you can live your life the way you want to. The treatment will also look to address all aspect of substance misuse such as housing, work, relationship, family, training and healthcare
Project 3 – Young Peoples Health & Wellbeing Service
Tel: 01302 640032
Young People’s Substance Misuse Service is a free service for young people up to the age of 18 years in Doncaster who need help due to drug and alcohol use or who need advice or information on drugs, alcohol, solvents or legal highs.
Your Life Doncaster
This website provides resources for you to look after yourself within your own community; focusing on you keeping well, safe and connected.
East Riding Partnership - (Adults)
The East Riding Partnership provides a range of substance misuse services to adults across the East Riding of Yorkshire delivered through the Open Access service, the Shared Care service and the Community Drug and Alcohol teams.
Tel: 01482 344690
East Riding Partnership - (Young People’s Service)
The Young People’s Substance Misuse Service provides information, advice, support and treatment for young people up to 18 years old misusing drugs and alcohol.
Tel: 01482 336675
East Riding Health Trainer Service
Healthtrainers provide personal support and motivation to adults across the East Riding of Yorkshire who wish to lead a healthier lifestyle.e all have issues in our lives which may affect our health in some way. You may want to get fitter, control your weight, have a healthier diet or quit smoking. You may want to reduce your stress levels or just feel better about yourself.
If you want to become healthier but don’t know where to start, a healthtrainer will be able to help you work out exactly what you want and how to go about it. Healthtrainers are friendly, understanding and supportive. They will help and encourage you to achieve and maintain a healthier lifestyle.
Tel: 0800 9177752
Tel: 01484 353333 (Huddersfield) or 01924 438383
CHART Kirklees is an integrated substance misuse partnership led by Change Grow Live in partnership with Community Links, Locala and The Basement Recovery Project which supports people in Kirklees around their substance misuse.
Tel: 0113 887 2477
Forward Leeds is the new alcohol and drug service in Leeds for adults, young people and families. We offer a range of services from 9am-5pm, Mondays and Fridays and 9am-7pm Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
Foundations Drug & Alcohol Services
Tel: Foundations - 01472 571200
No appointment is needed just drop in to Queen Street, Grimsby, DN31 1JA or phone 01472 571200
Support also available from
Wellbeing Service (North East Lincolnshire Council)
Tel: 01472 325500
Step Forward - Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
For help and support locally regarding alcohol please call the number below. By calling this number our staff will be able to advise you on the best service for you. If you would prefer to speak to someone in person please call in at CGL at the address given below.
Tel: 0808 1430640
Address: Step Forward, 189 High Street, Scunthorpe.
• Outreach Clinics
Viking Resource Centre, Barton – Tuesdays
Children’s Centre (Brigg) – Thursdays
Predominantly planned and pre-booked appointments
• Facebook Page – Search Step Forward – regular
updates to services
Young People's drug and alcohol treatment/advice for under 19s
Tel: 01724 298528
North Lincolnshire Healthy Lifestyle Service
A team of friendly and knowledgeable Healthy Lifestyle Facilitators will support groups of people wanting to focus on the following:
- Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight
- Stopping smoking
- Reducing alcohol use
- Being more physically active
- Increasing wellbeing, including mental and emotional health
- Training around health and wellbeing for those people who are interested in becoming trained as health champions
- Signposting to wider local supporting services
Tel: 01724 298212
Get Healthy Rotherham
The new Integrated Lifestyle Service “Get Healthy Rotherham” can support residents of Rotherham to stop smoking, undertake an NHS Health Check, reach and maintain a healthy weight or effectively change their lifestyle to be more healthy.
The service is free and can be accessed via
Tel: 01709 718720
Sheffield Treatment and Recovery Team (START)
Tel: 0114 226 3000
START is part of Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Trust. START has a drop-in 9 am to 4 pm Monday to Friday. Location: 44 Sidney Street, (Matilda Street entrance), Sheffield S1 2RH.
Community Resources: Sheffield Directory - Alcohol