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Safe drinking

Most people with alcohol related illness aren’t alcoholics; they regularly drink more than the recommended amount.

Regularly exceeding the recommended limits increases the risk of liver cirrhosis; cancer of the mouth, neck and throat; breast cancer; reduced fertility; high blood pressure; heart attack; fatigue & depression.


Women: No more than 2-3 units a day

Men: No more than 3-4 units a day

2 alcohol free days per week

1 pint strong lager, beer or cider (5.2%) = 3 units

A standard (175ml) glass of wine = 2.3 units

For more information visit:

NHS choices

Hints and tips to help you cut down, information on what a unit really is and apps to track your drinking.

Alcoholics anonymous

Helpline: 0845 769 7555

Harm Minimisation Service:

Recovery focused support service for anyone whose life is affected by their own or somebody else’s alcohol or drug abuse.

The Rectory Centre, Rectory Rd, Oxford, OX4 1BU

Last updated: 13 December, 2017

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