For many people, having a drink with friends is one of the pleasures of
life. However, for others drinking leads to a variety of problems. This is
because they drink too much, too often.
Alternatively they may drink too much in settings that put them at risk
of harm, such as drink driving.
So how can you decide if you drink too much, too often? Firstly, you
need to work out the number of standard drinks or units of alcohol
you usually have.
When people talk about a standard drink they are referring to:
A half pint of ordinary strength (4% ABV) beer, lager
1 small glass of wine (8 - 10% ABV in a 125ml glass).
1 single pub measure of spirits or aperitifs
You can use the questions below to determine whether your drinking is "Increasing or high risk"
How often do you have a drink that contains alcohol ?
Monthly or less
2-4 times a month
2-3 times per week
4+ times per week
How many units of alcohol do you have on a typical day when you are drinking ?
How often have you had 6 or more units if female, or 8 or more if male, on a single occasion in the last year
Less than monthly
Daily or almost daily
Scoring: A total of 5+ indicates “Increasing or High Risk” drinking [ previously known as hazardous or harmful
You can find more information about Alcohol on our link to www.patient.co.uk
Other useful sites :-
The booklet "How much is too much" can be downloaded from The Dept Of Health website:- www.dh.gov.uk
Drinkline - National Alcohol Helpline 0800 917 82 82 Lines are open 24 hours a day , 7days a week & calls are free from a landline.
If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption & would like to discuss with your doctor , please telephone for an appointment.