Drinking too much and too often can cause damage to your physical and mental health in the short and long term. This is especially true for young people, whose bodies and brains are still developing.
As well as affecting your health and ability to cope and to perform to the best of your ability, alcohol can impact on your weight, looks and sleep.
There is no “safe” amount of alcohol. Drinking any amount of alcohol increases the risk of damage to your health and that risk generally increases in line with how much you drink. Binge drinking is particularly harmful.
Those under the age of 18 should avoid alcohol altogether to ensure they stay as healthy and happy as possible… and out of trouble! It is against the law for anyone over the age of 18 to supply or buy alcohol for someone who is underage.
For adults, the recommended low-risk limits for alcohol consumption are:
Men: 17 standard drinks (=170 grams (or 210 mls) of pure alcohol), spread out over the course of a week, with at least two to three alcohol-free days.
Women: 11 standard drinks (=110 grams (or 140 mls) of pure alcohol), spread out over the course of a week, with at least two to three alcohol-free days.
You can find out how many standard drinks – and how many calories – you consume when drinking with our drinks calculator.