Responsible drinking

Responsible drinking

We have been working in partnership with the ‘The Drinkaware Trust’ since 2007 to promote responsible drinking. Check out their website for lots of information from tips on how to reduce your intake to helpful apps to help you monitor your intake.

It’s recommended that you drink no more than 14 units of alcohol spread evenly over a week to help you keep health risks to a low level. To learn about the effects that alcohol can have on your body, visit Drinkaware.

What is an alcohol unit?
Alcohol units tell you how strong your drink is. One unit is 10ml of pure alcohol. On average it takes around an hour for our bodies to process one unit of alcohol.

What does ABV mean?
This stands for Alcohol By Volume. A bottle of wine with 13% ABV wine will contain 13% pure alcohol so the higher the % ABV the stronger the alcohol.

Here's to your health
Cutting back on alcohol can improve your health, mental and physical well-being. Here are our top tips to help you enjoy alcohol responsibly, cut down on your drinking and stay healthy:

  • Always measure spirits – don't pour them freely
  • Don't fill your glass to the brim
  • If you like higher strength beers, have a half instead of a pint
  • Alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks
  • Drink water in between alcoholic drink to help you stay hydrated
  • Try non-alcoholic drinks such as mocktails or low alcoholic drinks
  • Try alcohol free days - check out the Drinkaware app

Alcohol and pregnancy
The Department of Health recommends that pregnant women, or women trying for a baby, avoid alcohol altogether. Scientists aren’t sure about the exact impact drinking small amounts of alcohol can have on unborn babies.

However, they do know that high alcohol consumption can be harmful during pregnancy. So, you might decide that the safest option for you is to avoid alcohol for nine months.