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While there is no guaranteed 'safe' level of drinking, regularly drinking more than the low risk guidelines can be damaging in the short and long term.

The UK Chief Medical Officers have updated the alcohol guidelines to reflect new evidence about the health risks associated with drinking, and cancer in particular.

To keep health risks from drinking alcohol to a low level, men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units per week.

Fourteen units is the equivalent of:

  • 6 pints of beer or
  • a bottle and a half of wine or
  •  half a bottle of spirits

It is best to spread this evenly across the week rather than drinking all at once. Having several alcohol-free days each week is a good way to cut down.

For more information visit Alcohol Focus Scotland.

For more information on local services and support available please contact Lanarkshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership by calling 01236 707583 or by e-mail to lanarkshireadp@lanarkshire.scot.nhs.uk

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