We have just re-launched our 'What's Yours?' campaign, in conjunction with Sheffield Drug & Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) to encourage people to think about their drinking habits. The focus is on understanding how much alcohol is too much, and how to access support services and treatment options in Sheffield.
Many adults in the UK are drinking at levels that may be damaging their health, most without realising it. Alcohol contributes to high blood pressure, family stress, depression, emotional problems, accidents, strokes, heart disease, stomach ulcers, weight gain, and cancer. Drinking above recommended levels increases the risk of damage to your health. The more that you drink above these levels, the more likely you are to experience physical and/or mental health problems, or to become addicted to alcohol.
Current Department of Health guidance recommends that:
‘Regularly’ means drinking every day or most days of the week.
MPs have also recently called for advice to include keeping two days a week alcohol free. See the news article here.
Many people don't know what a unit is, or how many there are in each alcoholic drink. There are more than you might expect. For example, a pint of 4% beer or lager contains over 2 units, a large glass of wine 3 units, and a bottle of wine contains at least 9 units, and will contain more depending on how strong it is (its % ABV). So, it's quite easy to tot up your 3 units a day without even thinking....
See our easy print format brief advice on alcohol risk: Click here to download the file
You can find more information on alcohol, including lots of useful tips and tools on the NHS Choices website here.
Open Access Alcohol Services in Sheffield provide support, advice and information to anyone wanting to make changes to their drinking habits. We also provide advice and support to people affected by someone else’s drinking. Click here to find out more.
If you have any comments at all on the campaign, please fill in the feedback box on the right hand side of this page. Your views are important in helping us get future campaigns right.
This page was last updated on 20th November 2012