You do not need to be dependent or an 'alcoholic' for your drinking habits to be causing you problems. Visit NHS Choices for more information.
Regularly drinking more than the lower risk guidelines puts you at risk of harmful consequences in the future (see below). If you want to reduce your risk, simple advice may be all that you need to help you recognise the links in the future. Text DRINK to 81025 for your free Drink Smart self-help guide or download a copy - Drink Smart self-help guide (PDF)
Women drinking regularly over 6 units a day (or over 35 units a week) and men drinking regularly over 8 units a day (or over 50 units a week). You are at a higher level of harm (e.g. being a victim of crime, depression, anxiety, insomnia, liver damage, weight gain, cancer). Continuing to drink at these levels also puts you at risk of developing alcohol dependency in the future. Text DRINK to 81025 for your free Drink Smart self-help guide or download a copy - Drink Smart self-help guide (PDF)
You can be psychologically and physically dependent to alcohol. Withdrawal can include shakes, sweats, dry retching, and intense cravings for alcohol. Don't stop drinking suddenly as it can be dangerous when left untreated. Speak to your GP or call our duty worker for more advice. If this is you, we do not advise stopping drinking suddenly without help. This is for the safety of your physical and mental health. Contact us
I provide regular care for someone who is unable to manage without help. I am also worried about their drinking. Contact us