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Alcohol and Wellbeing


Do you want to check how much you’re drinking and how it might be affecting you?  

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! 

Lower My Drinking is available to anyone living in York aged 18 and over. Based on your quiz results, you’ll receive tailored information on:

  • the effects alcohol has on health and wellbeing
  • low risk drinking levels
  • tips for reducing
  • relevant support available in York.

You will also be given the option to download the FREE Lower My Drinking app to help you set goals and keep an eye on your progress! 

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.  

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

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


What do the low risk drinking guidelines say?

Both men and women 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.

Last updated: 05/02/2024

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