Alcohol is often considered as social - which is why it can be easy to lose sight of the dangers of single occasion drinking. 

The NHS recommends a “weekly limit of 14 units is equivalent to 6 pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine.” 

If you go beyond this weekly limit, you’ll risk damaging your health.

If you’re reading this thinking ‘I’ll drink that on a single night’ then remember that you’re increasing your chances of…

  • Alcohol poisoning
  • Accidents resulting in death or injury
  • Misjudging situations
  • Losing self-control
  • Worsening mental health 

To reduce these risks, make sure you’re wary of how much you’re drinking; the speed at which you’re drinking; and to drink with food. It also helps to alternate with water to keep yourself hydrated. 

It’s also important to remember that excessive single-occasion drinking can very quickly lead to alcoholism. 

To check up on how much you’re drinking, use this unit calculator.


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