Current guidelines for safe limits of alcohol for both men and women are:
- No more than 14 units of alcohol per week,
- No more that 3 units a day,
- At least 2 alcohol-free days a week.
- Pregnant women or those trying to conceive should drink no alcohol at all.
The easiest way to work out how many units of alcohol in a drink is to ditch the maths lesson and download an app such as Try Dry where you can enter the %abv (amount of alcohol per litre, labelled on the bottle) and how much consumed.
In a GP consultation many people struggle to recall how much they drink accurately. We find people are not generally trying to be deceptive but it is easy to not realise how much is being consumed. Be honest with yourself, and if you realise you may be drinking more than you think, keep a log on your phone, an app or a diary that records it for a week or two. If you think you may be drinking more than you should and are struggling to cut down, seek help.
In your body the liver deals with the alcohol in your bloodstream, and it can get overloaded and unable to process the amount if there there is too much at once. If this happens regularly you at risk of developing serious health problems, such as fatty liver or cirrhosis, which is a permanent damage to the liver.
In Southampton, Change, Grow, Live, and No Limits for under 25’s, provide Southampton based alcohol support, and Inclusion covers the whole of the rest of Hampshire. There is also the national Drink Aware and self-help groups such as the AA.