Alcohol awareness

Alcohol and sensible drinking

Alcohol is an addictive depressant drug and a major cause of illnesses such as liver cirrhosis, cancers and heart disease.

Alcohol affects people in different ways, and even a little bit of alcohol can change the way you behave. Alcohol can often make you feel more confident, which may mean you do things that you would not do when you are sober, things that could put you in danger or things that you may regret the next day.

Alcohol is often the cause of social problems, including social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, violence, disorder, accidents and teenage pregnancy.

Find alcohol support services in your area


Alcohol tracker app

Click here to visit NHS - One You to access a host of interactive tools to help you work out what units you are drinking.


How much is ok to drink?

Government guidelines recommend that:

  • Women should not drink more than two to three units a day (remember, a large glass of wine = 3 units)
  • Men should not drink more than three to four units a day (remember, a pint of beer or cider = 2.8 units)


Help for those who are worried about alcohol

If you are worried about your own or someone else's drinking there is a range of local help on hand.


Alcohol support services for adults (people aged 18 and over)


Matrix House, Friday St, Chorley, PR6 0AA

St Wilfreds Building, Fox St, Preston, PR1 2AB

Monday to Friday 9:00am to 5:00pm, late night opening on Wednesdays until 7.30pm

Telephone: 08081 698 673

Contact Inspire


Alcohol support services for young people (aged under 18)


Urban Exchange, Mount Street, Preston, PR1 8BQ

Telephone: 01772 255307


Useful alcohol support and advice links

You can use the following links to get further help, support and advice related to alcohol or alcohol-related issues: