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Alcohol and Wellbeing

Many of us drink too much without realising it. This could be having a big effect on us both now and in the future; alcohol overuse is linked to mental health problems, liver disease, seven forms of cancer and more. Is your drinking healthy? Take the quiz to find out.

What do the low risk drinking guidelines say?

  • Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units per week - use this unit calculator to find out how many units are in a particular drink, or to check how much you're drinking.
  • 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 want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week.
  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all.


You can find information on alcohol units, calories in alcohol, the risks of drinking too much and tips for cutting down from the NHS here.

If you are concerned about your own or a friend/family member’s drug or alcohol use, help is available at whatever level you or they might need it. 

Changing Habits is for you if you want to change unhelpful drinking patterns and build new ways of coping with life's challenges. You can access up to 8 support sessions to help you make the changes you want to see. Find more information on the Changing Habits leaflet. Contact the Changing Habits team: 01904 621776. You will be offered an assessment appointment to check that Changing Habits is the correct service for you, and you’ll be connected with the right service for you if it isn’t this one.

See help for drugs and alcohol use for details about the whole range of support on offer in York.


Last updated: 13/04/2022