Drinking small amounts of alcohol is a pleasant social activity for many people.
However, as the amount you drink and the number of times you drink increases, so do the risks.
The risks associated with excessive alcohol drinking include raised blood pressure, stomach disorders, depression and emotional disorders, malnutrition and liver disorders.
Regularly drinking too much means that you are more likely to die early from liver disease or be admitted to hospital for health problems linked to drinking alcohol.
Sensible drinking guidelines
- Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
- Spread your drinking over three or more days if you regularly drink as much as 14 units a week
- Have a day off between drinking days and don’t drink for 48 hours after a binge
- Pregnant women, women trying to conceive and people with certain medical conditions should not drink alcohol at all
- If you regularly drink more than 15-34 units for women and 22-49 units for men per week you should see your GP for advice
Track your drinking
You can visit, the Alcohol and its effects website for a drinking self-assessment, a unit calculator and a drinks diary.
If you are misusing alcohol, or if you are concerned about a friend or relative, contact your GP who will help you to access the right health services.
You can also contact:
The Recovery Partnership (who have 4 bases in Warwick)
Nuneaton & North Warwickshire
37-38 Coton Rd, Nuneaton, CV11 5TW
Tel: 02476 641100
1 Regent Place, Rugby, CV21 2PJ
Tel: 01788 569582
Stratford & South Warwickshire
Stratford Healthcare, Arden Street, CV37 6HJ
Tel: 01789 206770
Leamington & Warwick
16 Court St, Leamington Spa, CV31 2BB
Tel: 01926 885000
The following local and national services can also be accessed.
Drinkline (Mon-Fri 9am-11pm, Sat & Sun 6pm-11pm)
Tel: 0800 917 8282
Tel: 0843 769 7555
Tel: 020 7395 4000
NHS Choices - for details of your local GP