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Alcohol Awareness and Training

Reducing alcohol harm in Halton

Facts and information about alcohol

In January 2016, Government guidelines on alcohol consumption changed. 

The weekly recommended limits for men and women are now the same – no more than 14 units per week.

This is about 6 pints of average strength beer a week, which would mean a low risk of illnesses such as liver disease or cancer. The previous guidelines were 21 units for men and 14 units for women per week.

But beware; you shouldn’t save all of these up to drink in one session. People who have 1 or 2 heavy drinking sessions each week increase the risk of death from long term illnesses, accidents and injuries.

It’s much better to spread your units out over the course of the week, and include several alcohol-free days each week.

Try the One You Drinks Tracker app:

You can download the app for free from the iTunes store or Google Play store. Or click here for more information.

To keep your short term health risks low:

  • limit the total amount of alcohol drunk on any one occasion
  • drink more slowly, with food and alternate with water

No-one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe, but by sticking within these guidelines, you can lower your risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks.

In addition, if you are pregnant, the advice is to avoid alcohol altogether.

Download our mocktail booklet for some fun, alcohol free drink ideas!

Do you know many units of Alcohol are in a drink?

Knowing your units will help you stay in control of your drinking. 


It’s not always easy to buy or measure 1 unit of alcohol as strengths and measures of alcohol have changed over the years.

Below is an example of how different drinks contain varying units.

Alcohol Units

Reducing Alcohol Harm in Halton

Alcohol misuse is a major public health problem, affecting a large number of individuals, their families and the wider community.

Alcohol related harm is one of the biggest issues facing society today and the problem is especially relevant in Halton which has one of the highest rates of alcohol related harm and hospital admissions in the country.

Within the Health Improvement Team, we offer training and awareness campaigns to reduce alcohol-related harm and promote lower risk drinking across Halton.

If you, or someone you know, would like further support or advice regarding their drinking please contact use one of the numbers below:

  • Halton CRI is a one stop shop for those living in Halton affected by drugs and or alcohol. Telephone 0845 601 1500.
  • Young Addaction (Under 19s) support young people having problems with drugs or alcohol. Telephone 0151 257 2530.

Alcohol and Pregnancy

The guidelines for pregnant women have also been updated to clarify that no level of alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy – if you are pregnant or trying to get pregnant you should avoid alcohol altogether.

Check out our latest campaign around alcohol in pregnancy.


 Useful Links

  • www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk – Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. They can put you in touch with local group meetings; call 0845 769 7555.
  • www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol – NHS Choices offers a variety of online resources covering binge drinking, alcoholism, drinking calculator, alcohol limits and more.
  • http://www.drinkaware.co.uk – Drinkaware aims to change the UK’s drinking habits for the better. They promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to challenge the national drinking culture to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm.