Is drink sneaking up on you?

Alcohol wellbeing service

The stress and changes in our routines caused by the Coronavirus pandemic have led to many of us drinking more without noticing. If you’re worried that you’re drinking too much at the moment and you would like help to cut down, our friendly Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors across West Sussex are ready to provide free and confidential advice and support.

They are currently offering this service by telephone, video calling and text and can be contacted on the numbers below:

Adur & Worthing: 01903 221450 or visit their Contact us page
Arun: 01903 737862 or visit their Contact us page
Chichester: 01243 521041or visit their Contact us page
Crawley: 01293 585317 or visit their Contact us page
Horsham: 01403 215111 or visit their Contact us page
Mid Sussex: 01444 477191 or visit their Contact us page

Low-risk weekly alcohol guidelines

We’re supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what the low-risk weekly alcohol guidelines are?

If you drink most weeks, sticking to the following guidelines can lower the risk of harming your health:

  • Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
  • Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.
  • If you're pregnant, the safest option is not to drink at all.

If you want to cut down how much you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

Counting the units

There is one unit of alcohol in each of these:

  • half pint of regular beer, lager or cider
  • 1 very small glass of wine (9%) 125ml
  • 1 single measure of spirit
  • 1 small glass of sherry
  • 1 single measure of aperitifs.

Watch this short film which explains what a unit of alcohol is:

Video transcript:

Did you know, it's recommended that we shouldn't drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week? That's the equivalent to 6 glasses of wine (175ml per glass) or 6 pints of beer (4% beer/larger) or 14 single shots of spirit (25ml per shot) or 6 ice creams (954 calories).