Alcohol may be legal but drinking too much can be dangerous: it can damage your health, your family and social relationships and your work.
The West Kent Drug & Alcohol Wellbeing Service provides free, confidential advice and treatment to adults affected by alcohol or drugs. Our friendly advisers can help you explore your concerns about alcohol and help you reduce the risks to your health and wellbeing.
Contact us for more information and to arrange a free and confidential appointment at an easily accessible community location. We will provide a full assessment of your needs and help you make informed choices about your alcohol use.
You can take our simple test to find out if you are drinking too much. The chart below will also help you calculate the number of units of alcohol in your drinks, or why not take our Alcohol Audit Quiz which will help you choose what you can do.
- Brief interventions
- Support groups and individual counselling
- Community detoxification
- Relapse prevention and education programme
- Onward referral for medical or psychiatric care and residential rehabilitation
- Help for family and friends
- Advice about alcohol and domestic abuse, for both victims and perpetrators
Our services are free and confidential and available to anyone aged 18 or over who lives in West Kent. We accept referrals from GPs, partner agencies, other treatment providers and professionals and we also accept self-referrals.
What is hazardous and harmful drinking?
Many people enjoy having a drink with friends, with dinner, on special occasions, after work and so on. Sometimes we may use alcohol to cope with stresses in our lives without realising, particularly at first, that it is not in fact helping us.
We forget that alcohol can be harmful and have serious effects on our health. For example, alcohol contains lots of empty calories, that can lead to weight gain putting strain on the heart. Alcohol can also affect internal organs, such as the liver and kidneys, and can cause serious damage to the body, even resulting in death.
Drinking above the recommended alcohol guidelines for men and women could potentially mean that you are damaging your health, social life, career or relationships.
Do you think you might be drinking too much?
Monitor your alcohol intake against the recommended daily levels below, or take our alcohol quiz?
Recommended daily levels
- For a woman, no more than 2-3 units a day on a regular basis and no more than 6 units on any one day.
- For a man, no more than 3-4 units a day on a regular basis and no more than 8 units on any one day.
You should also try to have at least two drink free days a week.
How much is too much? Answer the questions below to find out.