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Useful Alcohol Information

Alcohol Units – Men and Women

Government guidelines recommend that men and women drink no more than 14 units per week, with at least 2 alcohol free days. This could be 6 glasses of wine (175ml) or 6 pints of beer per week.


Alcohol Units – Pregnancy

Pregnant women are advised not to drink any alcohol during pregnancy or when trying to conceive.


Alcohol Units – Elderly Patients

Advice given by the Royal College of Physicians for over 65’s is no more than 7 units per week (half the recommended government guidelines.


1/3 of alcohol problems are experienced later on in life. Due to big life changes such as retirement, bereavement or feelings of boredom, loneliness and depression. If you are concerned about your alcohol consumption, please speak to us or your GP.

To find out what you are drinking please click the link below to the drinkaware website:


Alcohol and Liver Disease

The liver is our largest internal organ and it has over 500 different functions. One of the liver’s most important functions is to break down food and convert it into energy when you need it. Your liver also helps the body to get rid of waste products and plays a vital role in fighting infections, particularly in the bowel.

And yet, when your liver is damaged, you generally won’t know about it – until things get serious. Regularly drinking over the government’s lower risk guidelines can increase your risk of developing liver disease and cause irreparable damage to this very important part of your body.

In fact, this level of drinking is a major cause of the 25% increase in deaths from liver disease.

For more information please click the link below to the drinkaware website:



Contact Numbers

Portsmouth Residents (post code PO1-PO6)

Recovery Hub: 02392 751617

A one-stop access point for drug and alcohol services. To access this service please contact via telephone number for drop in times. When dropping in to the Recovery Hub you will be given information on services available specifically for you and a plan will be made.

Wellbeing Service: 02392 294001

Free confidential support for adults around drinking, smoking and healthy weight. To access this service please contact the number to arrange an appointment.

Talking Change - Counselling Service: 02392 892928

This service is for people aged sixteen and over who are registered with a GP in Portsmouth.
They are a team of clinicians and researchers who specialise in the understanding and treatment of mental health.
They provide treatment in clinics and hospitals across the city.

Hampshire Residents

Inclusion UK: 0300 124 0103

A substance misuse service for patients in need of support for drugs or alcohol. To access this service please contact the telephone number for information about drop in times and appointments.

Catch22: 0800 599 9591

24/7 emergency crisis line for patients aged under 18 who are in need of support regarding drugs or alcohol misuse.

Support for Relatives/Friends

Rebound: 07939 580167 (available for Portsmouth and Hampshire residents)


Free service for carers and family members affected by substance misuse. Provided group support and one-to-one counselling.

Al-Anon: 020 7403 0888


Support for the relatives and friends of people with an alcohol dependence.

Parent Helpline (Young Minds): 0808 802 5544


National Services

Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 7697 555

Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 9990 1212

Combat Stress: 0800 138 1619

24 Hour helpline for veterans providing support regarding drugs or alcohol.


Alcohol information including a free downloadable app to track alcohol unit and calories.



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Last updated - 08 November 2017
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