To help us understand how many units of alcohol have been consumed in a week, we have produced this interactive alcohol awareness scratch card.



Not many people realise that alcohol, is in fact a drug, except this drug is legal. However, alcohol can have serious health consequences, both mentally and physically, including death.

Drinking alcohol in moderation can be enjoyable but drinking excessively or ‘binge drinking’ can have a harmful effect on our health and wellbeing and on others around us. Sometimes, we don’t effectively keep track of how much we are drinking, and drink more than we intend.

Research has shown that 1 in 5 of us are drinking more in recent years. This might include starting drinking earlier in the day, drinking on days when you wouldn’t usually, and drinking more in a session.

Regular, heavy drinking can lead to a decline in mental health and wellbeing. Whilst we may feel relaxed after a drink, the long-term effects of alcohol can impact on mental health and lead to feelings of depression and anxiety.

To keep health risks low, it is recommended not to drink more than 14 units in a week (for both men and women). Spread your alcohol consumption across 3 days or more, and don’t drink excessively on any one day. If you are pregnant, or trying to get pregnant, the safest advice is to not drink at all. It can be difficult to work out how many units are in drinks. 

A sound night’s sleep, brighter skin and improved mood. Cutting back on alcohol can have positive effects on the way you look and feel – often within just a few days.

Cutting back on the amount you drink could improve your overall mental health too. And at the same time you could be reducing your medium- to longer-term risks of serious illnesses including liver and heart disease.

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