COVID restrictions and lockdowns are well and truly behind us, and life is back to ‘normal’. Many of us increased the amount we were drinking during lockdowns, and this habit may have stuck since, so if you’re fed up of feeling foggy in the morning, of having broken sleep or lacking energy to do the things you love, we’re here to help. We want you to make the most of this new release to freedom by building a healthier relationship with alcohol.
Explore our pages dedicated to ways to help reduce or give up alcohol, like taking a break, having days off, shrinking the amount you drink, and even tips on how to talk to your friends about drinking less.
Time off from drinking alcohol can help you save money, sleep better and lose weight. There’s lots of advice and support out there to help you.
Try and Buy Less Alcohol
Alternate Alcoholic Drinks with Soft Drinks
Try to Shrink Your Drink
Looking After Your Mental Health
Download the Drink Free Days App
- Six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer a week*, or
- Three medium glasses of wine or pints of beer (for women) or four medium glasses of wine or pints of beer (for men) on any single occasion*
- Regularly drinking more than six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer a week increases your risk of cancer, heart disease and liver disease.
*This is based approximately on a medium glass of 11% wine (1.9 units) or a pint of 3.8% beer (2.2 units)
If you’re concerned about the amount you’re drinking, or if alcohol is negatively affecting your life, there are many ways to get help.
See Your GP
Your GP can talk with you about your concerns and tell you about the services and/or treatments that are available to you. Talking about alcohol to a GP can seem scary, but your GP is there to help you.
North Yorkshire Horizons are the local drug and alcohol recovery service, with hubs across the county. More information can be found on the North Yorkshire Horizons website. Call them on 08000 14 14 80 If you need help.
There are also a number of helplines that can be contacted for help:
- Drinkline national alcohol helpline on 0300 123 1110
- Alcohol Change UK helpline on 020 3907 8480
- Alcoholics Anonymous helpline on 0800 9177 650
- Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 020 7403 0888