Drinking alcohol in moderation can be safe and enjoyable, but too much can lead to health problems. Drinking less reduces your risk of heart disease, cancer and liver damage, and you’ll be less likely to have an accident. To stay healthy:
(“Regularly" means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week)
A small glass of wine (125ml) has 1.5 units. A pint of lower strength (3.6% abv) beer, lager or cider has 2 units. A single shot (25ml) of 40% spirit has 1 unit.
If you regularly drink more than the recommended amount, try swapping your usual for a smaller drink or lower strength drink, a soft drink, a later drink or a meal time only drink. You can also try:
You should avoid alcohol if you're ill or feeling cold, avoid drinking on an empty stomach and try to have at least two alcohol free days a week. If you are on medication from the doctor, some should not be taken with alcohol as their effect will be reduced or stopped altogether. Ask your GP or pharmacist if you are unsure
For more information go to www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/LifestyleWellbeing/Alcohol