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Alcohol - A Guide To Sensible Drinking

A small amount of alcohol will do no harm, but it is important to know the limits. 1 unit = 1 pub measure of spirits/1 glass of wine or sherry/ half a pint of beer or lager.

Safe limits (spread over 1 week) are

Women: 14 units and Men: 21 units

Try to avoid alcohol for one or two days a week.

You may find the website a useful site to calculate your weekly units

If you have any concerns about your alcohol consumption make an appointment to see your GP or the Practice nurse who will be able to advise you


Alcohol is a major cause of accidents. One in three drivers killed on the road are over the legal limit.

Long-term effects of over-drinking

  • Obesity
  • High blood pressure
  • Liver disease
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Cancer of the mouth and gullet
  • Depression

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You are actually giving your baby an alcoholic drink each time you take a drink.

Limit yourself to an occasional drink - 1-2 units a week if at all.


If you are taking any medication, ask your doctor if it is safe to drink alcohol.



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