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Alcohol and Wellbeing

When we drink alcohol, it has an impact on our health and wellbeing. From headaches, poor quality sleep or feeling ‘off’ the next day, to high blood pressure, anxiety and cancer, the wide-ranging impacts affect so many of us, and that’s why we need clearer information and better regulation around how alcohol is promoted.

It is easy to drink too much without realising it – or the impact it has on our health and wellbeing, both now and in the longer term. Take this quiz to check on how much alcohol you’re drinking. It only takes a few minutes! 

What do the low risk drinking guidelines say?

All adults are advised not to drink more than 14 units per week to keep health risks to a low level - use this unit calculator to find out how many units are in a particular drink. 

If you do drink as much as 14 units a week, it is best to spread it over three days or more during the week.

If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all.


Support with alcohol

If you’re concerned about your drinking, or a friend/family member’s drinking, there’s help available at whatever level it might be needed.  The Lower My Drinking website will help you to work out what support is most relevant for you.  

City of York Council Health Trainers offer free support to help you make the changes you want to see, whether that be in relation to alcohol, healthy eating, stopping smoking or getting more active. For more details, see: CYC Health Trainers – City of York Council or request an appointment.

Or see help for drugs and alcohol use for details about the whole range of support on offer in York, including if you are affected by a family member’s drinking.


If you work or volunteer in York and want to feel better equipped to have conversations about alcohol with patients, customers, clients or team members, you may be interested in City of York Council’s Brief Conversations about Alcohol training. It’s free of charge for anyone working with York residents and packed with information and skills that you will find useful in all sorts of contexts.

Last updated: 13/06/2024

Websites you may be interested in

York Talk Money

This information is to encourage us all to get talking about money and to let you know about the support available and where to get help both online and across the city.

York Talk Money

CYC Health Trainers

Our skilled CYC Health Trainers are able to offer free confidential one-to-one support and guidance, face-to-face or remotely.

CYC Health Trainers

Mental Health

The York Mental Health and Wellbeing Guide created by Healthwatch York is very comprehensive and full of useful contact information and support available in York.

Mental Health