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Alcohol - the facts

General alcohol information

There is plenty of information online about alcohol and the effects.  Some useful websites are listed below:

Effects, risks and the law

Although it's legal for people aged 18 and over to buy and drink alcohol, that doesn't mean it's safe. For more information on alcohol, the effects, risks and the law, please visit the Talk to Frank website.

Alcohol Concern

Alcohol Concern is the leading national charity working on alcohol issues. Their goal is to improve people’s lives through reducing the harm caused by alcohol. We have an ambitious long-term aim to change the drinking culture in this country.

Alcohol Units and Calculator

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? The NHS Choices webpage has lots of information around alcohol units.

It can be hard to tell how many units are in different types of alcoholic drink. Use this unit calculator to find out how many units there are in a single drink or in a number of drinks.

Calories in Alcohol

Alcohol contains a lot of calories. Wine, beer, cider, spirits and all our favourite drinks are made from natural starch and sugar. The calorie count will increase when mixer drinks are added.

Calculate the units and calories in your drinks