How do I know if I am drinking too much?

The lower risk guidelines are:

The guidelines for both Women and Men are the same.  Both should not regularly exceed 14 units per week, spread across the week and with at least 2 alcohol-free days per week.

To keep track of your drinks and find out if you’re drinking too much, visit Alcohol Change.

You can also visit One You for tips on cutting down.

How is drinking too much risking your health?

In Buckinghamshire, 1 in 4 adults drink above the government guidelines for low risk alcohol consumption. This means that they are at increased risk of developing health problems such as:

  • Increased risk of certain cancers, including breast, bowel and mouth cancer
  • Increased risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure
  • Increased risk of liver disease
  • Increased risk of pancreatitis
  • Reduced fertility

What are the benefits of drinking less?

Reducing your alcohol intake will not only reduce your risk of long-term health conditions, but you may notice other benefits such as:

  • You sleep better
  • You feel more energetic
  • You lose weight
  • Your skin looks better

Try the drinking mirror tool to see the effects on your skin.

Tips on how to cut back

Try using the Drink Free Days app on your iPhone to keep track of how much you are drinking, you may be surprised!

Don’t drink on an empty stomach

Avoid stocking up when you do your shopping

Buy a drink measure

Set yourself a budget for alcohol

Be more aware of your alcohol in- take

for more information on alcohol, tips for cutting down and other information please click here.

Last reviewed: 21/04/2023