Lots of us enjoy a drink and for many people it’s an enjoyable part of life.
However it's easy to lose track of how much you are drinking and you could find yourself drinking at a harmful level that could affect your health or other aspects of your life.
Our self assessment tool will help you understand how your drinking may be affecting your health.
If you’re drinking too much then cutting down can have lots of benefits for your health and wellbeing.
- Better sleep and more energy
- No morning after hangover
- Improved mood
- Helping you lose weight
- Reducing the risk of you developing serious health problems such as high blood pressure, liver damage and some types of cancer
If you think that you, or someone you know, might have an alcohol related problem then there are groups and organisations out there to give you a helping hand.
The following are a range of places that offer support and advice around alcohol.
Lower My Drinking
Lower My Drinking is a free app that will give you the expert advice and scientifically-proven tools you need to reduce your drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.
Lower My Drinking will guide you to set your drinking goal. Then it will help you achieve this by guiding you to:
- track your progress towards your drinking goal
- recognise all the gains you will make by cutting down
- focus on what is really motivating you to reduce your drinking
- see how your drinking compares to the rest of the population
As well as this, Lower My Drinking will show you the issues that could potentially cause you to drink more than is healthy for you and give you a set of proven skills you can use to address these.
You can download the free app on the Orcha Health and Wellbeing apps library. Search for 'Lower My Drinking' in the website search bar.
Derbyshire Recovery Partnership
If you are finding it difficult to reduce your level of alcohol use or you think you may be dependent on alcohol, help and advice is available across Derbyshire.
The Derbyshire Recovery Partnership can offer you help and support to either stop or gain control of your drinking.
The partnership will also work with you to help build positive relationships with your family, friends and wider community.
The services are confidential, free to use and above all tailored to your needs.
You can get in contact with the partnership by visiting the Derbyshire Recovery Partnership website, alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 0845 3084010 or tel: 01246 206514.
Derbyshire County Council
You can find out more about the support on offer in Derbyshire.
One You is a national campaign to encourage healthy lifestyles and includes information about cutting down on drinking.
Get lots of advice and help on the One You website.
Drinkaware is an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK. They offer lots of useful tips on cutting down on the Drinkaware website.
Drinkwise Derby is a new NHS and community service for people who want to take control of how much they drink.
Visit the Drinkwise Derby website.