What should you know about alcohol?

Alcohol can damage our bodies in many ways if we drink too much of it.

Short-term consequences of drinking too much alcohol can include accidents and injuries, violent behaviour, sexually transmitted infections and unplanned pregnancies, loss of personal possessions, alcohol poisoning – leading to vomiting, seizures, unconsciousness and in extreme cases, death.

Potential long-term consequences include:

Long-term misuse can also lead to social and domestic problems and alcohol dependency.

Following extensive research the NHS has published guidance on safe limits of alcohol consumption. These are based on units of alcohol. (A unit is 10ml of pure alcohol and is equivalent to a half-pint of normal-strength lager or a single measure of spirits, or 2/3 of a glass of wine).

The guidance states that to keep the risk of alcohol-related harm low, people should:

  • not regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week.
  • if drinking more than 14 units per week, they should spread these over three days or more.
  • try to have several alcohol-free days per week.

The recommended limits in the above guidance apply equally to men and women.

Your alcohol intake may be assessed using tests, such as:

Where can you go for help?

If you are concerned about your drinking or someone else’s, you can talk to your GP about services and treatments available.

As well as the NHS, there are a number of charities and support groups across the UK that provide support and advice for people with an alcohol misuse problem.

Useful contacts for alcohol problems:

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) ( is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.

Al-Anon Family Groups ( offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and can be attended by 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person's drinking, usually a parent.

Addaction ( is a UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.

Adfam ( is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups.

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) (  provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.

Caring for an alcoholic? Find out where you can get support:

Contact details for local sources of help.

Inclusion Recovery Hampshire

Inclusion Recovery Aldershot provides a range of services for anyone aged 18 and over, using drugs and/or alcohol or experiencing any of the problems that are associated with its use and live around the Aldershot area.

Services include:

  • Advice and Support– including information on a range of drugs and alcohol.
  • Harm Minimisation Services – Needle Exchange including overdose and safer injecting advice, blood borne virus screening and vaccinations.
  • Medical– substitute prescribing for opiate dependency, access to inpatient and community based detoxification and healthy lifestyle clinic
  • Psychological – Relapse prevention and access to a range of online, one to one and group based psychological therapies.
  • Practical Support– support and signposting around subjects including education, training and employment, housing, finance and debt advice.
  • Access to Peer Support and Mutual Aid– both one to one and through groups.
  • Specific Support for Families and Carers.
  • Catch22- A free Hampshire service for young people aged 18 years old or under that provides a 24/7 emergency number on 0800 5999591 (Substance Misuse Support)
  • The Source Cafe - A charity working with young people aged 11 - 25 in Rushmoor, Hart and West Surrey


Address: Alexandra House, 3-4 Alexandra Terrace, Alexandra Road, Aldershot GU11 3HU


Alcoholics Anonymous - A fellowship of men and women who support each other in their recovery from alcoholism

Community Alcohol Partnership - Encourages local partnership working to tackle underage alcohol misuse and associated antisocial behaviour

Drink Aware - Understand your drinking by completing the drinking self-assessment

Parent Link Support - 24-hour support for those affected by someone else's drug and/or alcohol use

Talk to Frank - Provides 24/7 telephone help, in 120 different languages if needed, on 0300 1236600- has information about all drugs  A –Z; what to do if you are feeling pressure to take drugs  and how to help a friend that you may be worried about. - drinks tracker

Housing support
  • Mike Jackson House - Provides accommodation and support for homeless veterans from the armed forces
  • Step by Step - Provides support for young people aged 11 - 25 years

Step by Step

A confidential Drugs and Alcohol (D'N'A) service that gives young people the opportunity to access individual support to tackle any substance abuse and housing issues they may have.


Open: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm

Address: 36 Crimea Road, Aldershot GU11 1UD

The Vine Day Centre

Supports vulnerable and homeless adults aged over 21;

 33 Station Road, Aldershot, Hants GU11 1BA.

Offers twenty frontline services as part of its Journey Programme, leading toward responsible and independent living. Delivered Monday to Friday and providing service users with companionship and practical assistance including:

  • housing and benefit advice
  • securing accommodation for homeless clients
  • counselling
  • drug and alcohol support
  • drop in Health Clinic
  • budget management
  • form filling
  • laundry services
  • a nutritious meal
  • emergency food parcels or clothing
  • a range of stimulating leisure activities within a safe environment.


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