Enjoying alcohol the safe and healthy way | Oxfordshire County Council

Enjoying alcohol the safe and healthy way

How to enjoy drinking in a safe and responsible way.


Most of us like to drink alcohol from time to time - we enjoy the way it makes us feel and often see it as a key part of socialising. But many of us have also heard about the health risks of drinking. We know that alcohol can cause both short and long term problems, but are still confused about how to enjoy drinking in a safe and responsible way.

How much should I drink?

To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, the UK Chief Medical Officers’ advise it is safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.

If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it's best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days.

If you want to cut down the amount you drink, it is advisable to have several drink-free days each week.

Find out more about what a unit is and how many units are in popular drinks at the Drinkaware website

Read the transcript

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Ghost 1: I’m the ghost of Christmas parties past

Lousia: You’re a what now?

Ghost 1: Do you remember your first Christmas party Louisa

Louisa: Err yeah

Louisa: Mr Blueswater Hello

Mr Blueswater: Let me introduce my wife this is Angie

Louisa: Absolutely, lovely to meet you.

Angie: So lovely to meet you at last.

Ghost 1: Err no you don’t.

Louisa: Vernon!! Hi its me!! Oh Let me get that…..ahh its fine I’ll get it.

Ghost 1: Classy

Ghost 2: Not your finest hour eh.

Louisa: If I had to guess I’d go ghost of Christmas parties present.

Ghost 2: Actually I’m the ghost of Christmas parties recent. Don’t ask. Do you remember last year?

Louisa: I think so. Haha yeh who would do that?

Ghost 2: Seriously

Louisa: 3.2.1….Come on!!

Ghost 2:  Are you guys still together.

Louisa: Why don’t you just P..

How can I keep track of what I’m drinking?

It can be really easy to drink more than you should but there are a lot of resources available to help keeping tabs on the number of units you’re consuming. These are some of our favourites:

The drinks tracker and drinks diary from the NHS allows you to check how many calories you’re getting as well as units of alcohol

The Change4Life tracker also provides daily tips on cutting down the amount you drink

Last reviewed
27 April 2018
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