Drinking: your limits and its effects

Don’t let alcohol control your life. Know what your limits should be, and learn how alcohol can affect you, your body and the people around you.

How much is too much?

Do you know how many units your favourite drinks contain? Or how many units you should try and stick to, so you avoid health problems?

Both MEN and WOMEN are advised to drink no more than 14Units
a week

Click the drinks below to add up how much alcohol you have in a typical week


Over 0 drinks

Want to work out how many units a specific drink has? Multiply the total volume of the drink (e.g. 500ml) by its ABV percentage (e.g. 4.5%) and divide the result by 1,000.

What is binge drinking?

Binge drinking, or single-session drinking, is where you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. Or where you drink with the intention of getting drunk. Think about it as drinking more than 8 units for men (3 pints of beer), or 6 units for women (2 large glasses of wine).

Drinking lots of alcohol in a single session, even if it’s over the course of one night, can make you more likely to have an accident, hurt yourself or others, lose self-control, and put yourself in risky situations.

Am I a binge drinker?

If you go out at the weekend with a plan to get drunk, or you’re regularly having more than 3 or 4 drinks in a single session, then you are in danger of binge drinking and its consequences. Don’t put yourself at risk of accidents, injuries or long-term health problems.

If you’re choosing to drink, spread the number of drinks you have throughout the week, instead of drinking a large amount in one go. If you find you drink alcohol quickly, try and pace yourself by alternating with glasses of water or eating food.

The effects of binge drinking

Drinking more than the recommended units and getting drunk, especially in a short space of time, can have both immediate and long-term effects on your physical and mental health. It makes you much more likely to have an accident and can change your behaviour.

Are you worried about someone else's drinking?

If someone close to you is drinking too much or too often, talking to them about it can be difficult.

Knowing what to say, and when to say it, is really important. We can help you spot the signs of a drinking problem, and understand the best ways to deal with it.

Available help in your area

If you need advice or support right now, call Drinkline on 0300 123 1110 or Alcoholics Anonymous on 0845 769 7555. Or join us at one of Salford’s local AA groups or dedicated recovery & support programmes below.

Support Services


Advice and guidance on alcohol.



9am-8pm Mon-Fri, Weekends 11am-4pm National alcohol helpline for confidential support to anyone affected by alcohol problems.


Choose Less Booze - Change4Life

Fun tips and advice on cutting down drink. Download the free Drinks Tracker app


Being Well Salford

Support around low mood, weight, getting active, smoking and alcohol.


Achieve Salford Recovery Services

Provides a range of support, treatments and therapies for people with drug and alcohol problems. Runs across various locations in Salford.


Alcoholics Anonymous

National helpline: 0800 9177 650 (24 hours) Local helpline: 0161 236 6569 (11am - 11pm) Free meetings open to anyone affected by alcohol problems.


Your GP

The best place to start is your GP.


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