Drink less alcohol

It's really easy to have a glass or two of wine after a stressful day without realising how much you have started to drink each week.

Some people can use alcohol to try to ease their anxiety, lift their mood, try to sleep or feel more confident in certain situations.

In reality, drinking alcohol as a way of coping actually increases anxiety and can cause symptoms such as sickness, shaking, sweating and feeling panicky. Becoming too dependent can also make it much more difficult to deal with situations without alcohol in the future as we begin to think that we can't cope or sleep without having a drink.

If you're worried about your drinking or think that you would like to cut down, you can find more information on the NHS Choices website.

Find support

Forward Leeds is the alcohol and drug service for adults, young people and families living in Leeds. You can call Forward Leeds for advice, information and support if you are concerned about your alcohol use or drugs, or someone else's. Tel 0113 887 2477.

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If you are pregnant and concerned about your drinking you can find local advice and support about alcohol and pregnancy here. The Department of Health has published new guidelines for pregnant women in advising that no level of alcohol is safe to drink in pregnancy.

If you need immediate help or someone to talk to, you can find more support and information in I need help now.

Learn more

NHS Choices has lots of useful information about drinking and alcohol and some really helpful tips to help you cut back.

Drinkaware has useful information about alcohol and drinking, including online tools that can help you understand your drinking, track your drinks and change your habits. They also look at the effects of alcohol on your physical and mental health.

According to recent UK guidelines, no one should drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. This is the equivalent of six pints of average strength beer or six medium glasses of wine. You can find out more about these guidelines on the Drinkaware website.

Drinkaware also has a unit and calorie checker that can help you work out your intake of alcohol over a week.

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