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Alcohol Concern - making sense of alcohol

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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