Drinking and alcohol

Joanna Munro

'Going dry boosted my health'

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

Calories in alcohol

Is your drinking making you fat? Find out how many calories are in your drink and get tips on avoiding weight gain.

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 these tips may help if it's too late for that.

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.

Drinking alcohol while pregnant

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

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.

Worried about addiction?

If you have an addiction, you're not alone. Find out what addiction is, the various types of addictions, and how they can be treated.

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

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