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We want you to know the facts, so that you can drink safely and make informed decisions about the way you live your life and care for your health.
For women the recommended allowance is 14 Units per week and for men it is 21 Units. Calculate your alcohol units with an online unit calculator.
Keep a drinks diary for a few weeks to total up your daily and weekly intake. Look at where and when you consume most and use some of the tips below to reduce drinking at these times.
Read the University leaflet on alcohol and drugs (pdf) for further information.
‘Drink spiking’ can include the addition of extra alcohol or even drugs to drinks and could result in you doing something you wouldn’t normally do.
You could end up in a risky and unsafe situation.
Pre-lashing is a term used to describe drinking a large amount of alcohol at home before you go out where you then carry on drinking.
If you do decide to drink alcohol on a night out, try having a bite to eat before you go out and have your first drink of the night in the bar or pub, rather than at home. You’ll still have a great night.
Drinkaware says: ‘Those who drank before going out were over four times more likely to drink more than 20 units on a usual night out’ and that ‘those who pre-loaded were two and a half times more likely to have been involved in a fight during the previous 12 months.’
Last Orders is a service for people who want to reduce the amount of alcohol they drink. It is the first point of contact for all alcohol treatment in Nottingham. They can assess you and refer you to appropriate services, and they also provide practical information about alcohol in the Last Orders leaflet (pdf).
Last Orders also attend HealthyU hall road shows and events whenever possible.
Apas is an independent service that provides addiction support. They offer a range of ways for you to contact them on their website.
Addiction Dependency Solutions (ADS) Derby is free to anyone 18 or over who lives in the city of Derby and has problems with alcohol misuse. ADS Derby is the Single Point of Entry for all clients with alcohol misuse problems, and once these problems are assessed they will either work with you directly or refer you to another specialist service.
They can be contacted through their website or alternatively by telephone: +44 (0)161 831 2400
Nottingham, NG7 2RD
telephone: +44 (0) 115 951 5151
fax: +44 (0) 115 951 3666