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Regular drinking outside of sensible drinking guidelines increases your risk of ill- health. 

New guidelines have been developed to raise awareness of health risks from consuming alcohol. It advises there is no safe drinking level. Therefore any reduction in alcohol consumption is a health benefit and drinking within the guidelines would suggest low level risk.

 Weekly Guideline:

  • For men and women you are safest not to drink more than 14 units per week
  • If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, it is best to spread this evenly over 3 days or more (avoid binge drinking).

 Single Drinking Occasion:

  • Limit the total amount you drink on one occasion
  • Drink slowly, drink with food and alternate with water;
  • Avoid risky places and activities, make sure you have people you know around and ensure you get home safely.

 Pregnancy and drinking:

  • If you are pregnant or planning a pregnancy, the safest approach is not to drink alcohol at all.

For more detail and information

Please see below links to information about sensible drinking and facts about drugs:

  • Drink Smarter  from the Scottish Government provides information and advice about alcohol issues, how to cut back and general advice about health and wellbeing and relationships.
  • Know the Score provides the facts and information for anyone who wants to know about drugs in Scotland and the harmful effects of drugs misuse. Know the Score is at the heart of a network of drugs-related services and organisations which provide information and advice on drugs issues in Scotland.

If you would like help to address any concerns with alcohol and drugs you can access contact details for all Borders services from the Borders Alcohol and Drugs Partnership.