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Alcohol Concern - making sense of alcohol (& services)

How much is too much?

Many people drink alcohol and the majority do so without any problems. Drinking can be enjoyable and sometimes helps you to unwind or relax. But heavy drinking, getting drunk or drinking at the wrong time or in the wrong situation can lead to a range of difficulties.

How would you describe your drinking?  Most people say "a little" or "a moderate amount" and many people know about the sensible drinking limits - yet many people are drinking over these limits.

If you are concerned about your own drinking or worried about a family member or friend, we hope that you will find the information on these pages useful, but if you need help or advice you should call the national drink helpline - DRINKLINE: 0800 917 8282, or speak to your GP.

What is a unit?: Units were introduced as a means of measuring the amount of alcohol in a drink.  One UK unit is 10 ml. or eight grams of pure alcohol.  A typical pint of bitter contains one or two units, whilst a glass of wine can contain anything from around one and a half to three units, depending on the size of the glass and the strength of the wine.

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Al-Anon & Alateen


Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, regardless of whether that person is still drinking or not. We believe alcoholism affects the whole family, not just the drinker.

Someone else's drinking can affect your life - be it a relative or friend, male or female.
Someone else's uncontrolled, and uncontrollable, drinking can:

  • turn love to hate
  • bring you to the depths of despair
  • affect you financially
  • lead to violent outbursts
  • make you doubt your own sanity
  • make you think that you are the problem.
  • Whatever your relationship to the drinker, whatever your story, Al-Anon can help. Al-Anon Family Groups hold regular local meetings where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism. Al-Anon does not offer advice or counselling, but members give each other understanding, strength and hope.


phone helpline 020 7403 0888 for local details



Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire

57B Great Suffolk Street,

London SE1 0BB

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