Pharmacy services

Alcohol misuse

We can help you identify if you drinking is becoing a problem and offer advice on how to cut down

Drinking too much alcohol can be harmful to your health.

If you’re concerned about your alcohol consumption, we’re here to help. Our pharmacists can talk to you about your use of alcohol, and how you can safely reduce any harm to your health.

How much alcohol is safe?

The NHS recommends men and women drink no more than 14 units per week - and not all in one go! It’s suggested that women have a maximum of 2-3 units per day, and men have 3-4 units. If you’re pregnant, trying to get pregnant, or breastfeeding, it’s recommended that you don’t drink any alcohol.

A half-pint of low-average strength beer or cider contains about 1 unit of alcohol, as does a single shot of 40% strength spirit. The NHS has more information on calculating alcohol units.

How can Well help you manage your alcohol consumption?

Education and advice to support your needs

Whether you want to know how many units of alcohol might be harmful to your health or want strategies to help you cut back, our pharmacists will advise you so that you can make a change.

Confidential advice from healthcare professionals

The majority of our pharmacies have a private consultation room where you can discuss your health in confidence with one of our pharmacists, and they can offer you advice and support.

Long-term support to help you drink less

Your pharmacist can also put you in touch with organisations who can give you more support and information, including UK SMART Recovery, Alcoholics Anonymous and the NHS.

Alcohol support services
UK Smart Recovery
UK SMART Recovery helps people recover by offering a range of online training courses and meetings.
Alcoholics Anonymous
Alcoholics Anonymous uses mutual aid meetings to help people reecover using an abstinence-based approach.
The NHS provides a variety of resources to help you reduce your alcohol intake and quit drinking.
Drinkaware supports people understand more about drinking through a rangee of resources and tools.
Mind can help you understand alcohol addiction and provide practical advice to help you overcome issues with your drinking.

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