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If you are worried about your alcohol use or concerned about a loved one who drinks too much, you can find out more about alcohol units, alcohol risks and alcohol support services in Portsmouth below.
Units are used to measure the amount of alcohol in different drinks. Alcoholic drinks are served in different measures and have different strengths so it is useful to know how many units are in your drink.
No-one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe, but by sticking within these guidelines, you can lower your risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks:
Count up your units using Drinkaware’s unit calculator.
|Lower risk||No more than 3-4 units per day on a regular basis||No more than 2-3 units per day on a regular basis||Increased relaxation, sociability, reduced risk of heart disease (for men over 40 and post menopausal women)|
|Increasing risk||More than 3-4 units per day on a regular basis||More than 2-3 units per day on a regular basis||Progressively increasing risk of: low energy, depression, insomnia, impotence, high blood pressure, memory loss, cancer, liver disease, alcohol dependence|
|Higher risk||More than 8 units per day on a regular basis or more than 50 units per week||More than 6 units per day on a regular basis or more than 35 units per week||Progressively increasing risk of: low energy, depression, insomnia, impotence, high blood pressure, memory loss, cancer, liver disease, alcohol dependence|
If you drink at the ‘increasing risk’ or ‘higher risk’ levels shown above then reducing the amount of alcohol you drink will have great benefits to you and others around you. See below for the different benefits it can have.
By reducing the amount you drink you can reduce your risk of injury, high blood pressure, cancer, liver disease and impotence for men.
You’ll sleep better, have more energy, improve your memory, avoid hangovers and you may lose weight as alcohol is high in calories.
Drinking less alcohol will help improve your mood, save you money and help you to have better relationships. You’ll have more time to do the things you want to do and if you have children they’ll be less likely to drink heavily.
You can reduce your risk of offending, being in a vulnerable situation and being a victim of a violent or sexual assault. You will also reduce the emotional strain on your family.
There are lots of different services and support available to help you cut down or stop drinking. See below for the different options and what might work best for you.
The Drink Free Days app is a simple way to help you track how many days you’re drinking. Pledge to take a few days off each week and you’ll get practical daily support to help you stick with your goals. It’s a free app. Download on the App Store or get it on Google Play.
The Portsmouth Wellbeing Service can support you to cut down on your drinking through one-to-one or group sessions. You can make an appointment or attend a drop-in clinic. The service is based at GP surgeries and community venues across Portsmouth and is free. The Wellbeing Service can also help you to quit smoking or lose weight if you need support with this. Contact them on 023 9229 4001 or email email@example.com.
The Family Support Project is a 12 week programme in Portsmouth for families with children under 18 where a parent/parents or carer/careers are struggling to cope without alcohol or are drinking most days. A specialist worker will support the whole family by helping to identify what changes they want to make as a family and supporting them to make these together. This could include doing activities together as a family, support with parenting and increasing understanding about the impact of drinking too much. This service is free.
The Family Support Worker will also work directly with the children to help them express how they feel when their parent or carer drinks.
Contact the Family Support Project by calling 0800 138 0355, texting 07854 563004 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CAST provides confidential support for people to address their drinking and can support people to either cut down or stop drinking. This support includes 1 to 1 sessions with a dedicated worker. There is also access to a range of treatment options, including detoxification, therapeutic groups, rehabilitation and social support.
The CAST is based within the Recovery Hub and can be contacted on:
CAST – CAST@ssj.org.uk or call 023 9229 4573
Or drop-in at Campion Place, 44-46 Elm Grove, Southsea, PO5 1JG. They’re open Monday to Thursday 9am-5pm and Friday 9am-4.30pm