Drinking and alcohol

Is your drinking making you fat?

A pint of beer contains as many calories as a packet of crisps. Find out how many calories are in your drink and get tips on avoiding weight gain.

'Going dry for a month boosted my health'

Joanna gave up alcohol for a month for Dry January and soon noticed unexpected benefits.

How long does alcohol stay in your blood?

On average, it takes about one hour for your body to break down one unit of alcohol.

Hangover cures

Sensible drinking is the best way to avoid a hangover, but if it's too late for that then these tips may help.

Binge drinking

A drink-by-drink guide to the effects of binge drinking on your mind and body.

Alcohol units

It’s a good idea to keep an eye on how much we drink but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is?

Tips on cutting down

Practical tips on how you can reduce your alcohol intake and the associated health benefits.

The risks of drinking too much

You don't have to be an alcoholic to risk damaging your health. Regularly drinking just above recommended levels can be harmful.

Patrick Greene

'My drinks diary shock'

Patrick Greene kept a drinks diary and was shocked to see how much he was drinking every day.

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it's often the hardest one.

'Vodka nearly killed me'

After drinking a litre of vodka with her friends to celebrate the end of term, Anna started slipping into a coma.

'Social drinking': the hidden risks

'Social drinkers' may be causing just as much harm to their health as binge drinkers and alcoholics.

'My wife's an alcoholic': a carer's story

David has cared for his wife since she became an alcoholic more than 20 years ago.

Caring for an alcoholic

Advice and support if you're caring for an alcoholic, including getting help and looking after yourself.

'I used to drink all day'

George Budge knew he had to get help when he realised he was drinking all day, every day.

'I was an alcoholic mother'

Journalist Niki Shisler got help for her alcoholism when she realised she was no longer capable of taking care of her son.

'I got cirrhosis at 34'

After years of drinking too much, Andy Ball was diagnosed with the liver disease cirrhosis.

Get online: take control of your health

Find out how you can improve your health and wellbeing by learning a few simple online skills

Your NHS Health Check

Millions of people have already had their free "midlife MOT". Find out why this health check-up is so important

Services near you

Find addresses, phone numbers and websites for services near you


Cut down on alcohol

Don't let drink sneak up on you

Cutting down on alcohol doesn’t have to be hard. Use our simple drinks checker and get tips on ways to cut back.

Alcohol, myths and the media

Can lager help you live longer? Can wine help you lose weight? We take a sober look at the media's claims about alcohol and what the science actually says

Drinks diary

How much are you drinking? Keep a drinks diary for a week to find out.

The top five causes of premature death

How to reduce your risk of early death from one of the five big killers: cancer, heart disease, stroke, lung or liver disease

Alcohol in pregnancy

How drinking alcohol in pregnancy can affect the health of your baby