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What is the Alcohol Awareness Service?

Our Alcohol Awareness Service is currently only available in our Tayside pharmacies.

It is a free NHS service designed to raise awareness of your alcohol consumption and any health risks that may be associated with this.

The service aims to help you to:
  • Understand the level of your drinking in terms of the units of alcohol you are typically consuming and where you are positioned in terms of health risk categories (see below)
  • Understand the daily guideline limits are for alcohol consumption and what a unit of alcohol is
  • Understand the benefits of reducing or stopping drinking alcohol, where appropriate
  • Receive guidance and information about strategies to make changes in the levels of alcohol you consume, so you can reduce the risks to your health
How the service works:

You will be asked to answer a few brief lifestyle questions on a scratch-card, designed to help you to identify whether or not you are drinking within safe guidelines. This will be done in a sensitive and non-judgmental way, with the aim of helping you understand the potential health consequences associated with your drinking and identifying ways to reduce the risks of alcohol.

If we feel that you should consider a reduction in your levels of alcohol consumption we will provide you with an an information leaflet on alcohol units and safe guidelines, incorporating a drinks diary that can be used to track how much alcohol you are drinking on a daily basis over a week.

If we feel you need help with cutting down, we may suggest contacting Tayside Council on Alcohol (TCA). They provide support, advice and counselling for individuals experiencing harmful drinking (see below).

Drinking categories

There is no absolutely safe level of alcohol consumption, however sticking to the recommended daily and weekly drinking limits will minimise the risk to your health.

It is recommended that women do not exceed 2-3 alcohol units per day or 14 units per week and that men do not exceed 3-4 units per day or 21 units per week. Additionally, everyone should have at least 2 alcohol-free days per week. Regularly exceeding these limits will increase the chance of harm as a result of drinking alcohol.

If you are pregnant, you should avoid drinking alcohol, but if you do choose to drink, you should to minimise the risk of the baby by not drink more than 1 to 2 units of alcohol, once or twice a week and should not get drunk.

If your alcohol consumption is within these recommended limits, well done – you are minimising the risk to your health from alcohol