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Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively – more than the recommended limits of alcohol consumption.

Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about:

  • Half a pint of normal-strength lager
  • A single measure (25ml) of spirits
  • A small glass (125ml) of wine contains about 1.5 units of alcohol.

Download the Alcohol – What do I need to know? leaflet

 

Am I drinking too much alcohol?

You could be misusing alcohol if:

  • you feel you should cut down on your drinking
  • other people have been criticising your drinking
  • you feel guilty or bad about your drinking
  • you need a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover

 

Someone you know may be misusing alcohol if:

  • they regularly exceed the lower-risk daily limit for alcohol
  • they’re sometimes unable to remember what happened the night before because of their drinking
  • they fail to do what was expected of them as a result of their drinking – for example, missing an appointment or work because of being drunk or hungover