Drinking Too Much

Am I drinking too much and how do I cut down?

There’s a sliding scale of drinking too much but it starts at a much lower amount than you might expect. So at what point does enjoying a drink turn into something to be concerned about? Read our facts section to better understand your drinking, find out what’s in an alcohol unit and what the recommended guideline amount is for men and women.

You can also take the Drinkaware self assessment test to understand more about the impact of your drinking. It will allow you to find out if the amount you are drinking is about right or whether you’re over doing it and need to make a change.

If you are worried about your drinking habits, contact your GP. They will be able to suggest ways to help you cut down your drinking, and can also refer you for counselling or support services. For support with cutting down, you can also call Drinkline, the national alcohol helpline, contact details can be found in the Help section.

Reducing your alcohol intake has loads of feel-good benefits. There are plenty of practical ways you can start to cut down.  Read about the benefits to cutting back on alcohol including better sleep, reduced stress and weight levels, long term health improvements and avoiding the dreaded hangover.

Read our Sensible Drinking guide for a range of tips for drinking responsibly and how to pace yourself on a night out.