Pharmacy services

Alcohol misuse

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Consuming too much alcohol can be harmful to your health. Well can help you identify if your drinking is becoming a problem and offer advice on how to cut down.

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?

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.

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.

Other information and support

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.

Find out about the services your nearest Well Pharmacy offers