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Know your Limits – New Alcohol Guidelines

The Department of Health and Social Care has recently reviewed its current alcohol consumption guidelines and has looked at guidance issued by countries across Europe and beyond including the detailed evidence review published in 2016 by the UK Chief Medical Officer.

As part of the guidance and recommendations now available the Department has updated the existing Know your Limits leaflet and the new advice is as follows:

  • A single guideline for men and women: this will now be 14 units a week for both men and women
  • A recommendation not to ‘save up’ 14 units for one or two days – but instead to spread them over three or more days and have at least two alcohol free days each week
  • There is no ‘safe’ level of alcohol to drink during pregnancy
  • Advice on single episodes of drinking

The aim of this new advice is to give the public the latest and most up-to-date information so that they can make informed choices and minimise health risks from alcohol consumption.

New guidelines Know your Limits.

Alcohol is so widely used that we sometimes forget the harm it can cause to our physical and mental health. So how can we enjoy our drink and stay healthy?

When we drink more than the sensible limit this could result in:

  • Gain Weight
  • Dehydration
  • Sleep problems
  • Increase your Cancer risk
  • Liver disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Mental health problems
  • Stroke
  • Fertility and pregnancy problems
  • Sexual Health related issues

Sensible drinking tips

Stick to sensible limits - Find out why and what they are by reading the information above.

Eat before and while you drink – Food makes the body absorb alcohol more slowly so limits how quickly it gets into the bloodstream.

Use soft-drink ‘spacers’ – Alternate between alcoholic and soft drinks. That way you make your night last longer. It’ll stop you getting dehydrated and lessen the effects of a hangover too.

Don’t drink every day - Drinking too much alcohol damages the liver. It may repair itself but you have to give it a chance. Have at least two alcohol-free days every week.

Check the strength, cut the quantity - Drink strengths vary widely between brands. Choose a lower alcohol option and consider cutting back.



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