Drink Sensibly

ADVICE NI’S HELPLINES REMAIN OPEN

We will not be providing face-to-face advice or training for the foreseeable future. We will contact existing advice clients by phone. Our staff will continue to support our members and can be reached via telephone and email as usual.

We are working hard to move our training, where possible, to digital. For any queries, please contact our training team at [email protected]

We can only provide advice to people living in Northern Ireland. 

Helpline contact details:

Welfare Changes ring 0808 802 0020 or email [email protected]
Tax & Benefits ring 0800 988 2377 or email [email protected]
Business Debt ring 0800 083 8018 or email [email protected]
Debt Action ring 0800 028 1881 or email [email protected]
EU Settlement Scheme ring 0800 138 6545 or email [email protected]
For Historical Institutional Abuse advice and support call 02890 645919 email [email protected]

Body

Drinking at least 2 litres of fluids a day is highly recommended for people of all ages as it will stop dehydration and can help you stay focused and alert.

The two litres of fluids that you should be drinking each day can be a combination of hot and cold drinks and does not always have to be water It can be tea, coffee or squash for example.

Alcohol and your health

Guidelines state that alcohol should be taken in moderation as too much can cause serious health problems including damage to the liver as well as the social problems we see around us.

Older people should be extremely cautious as they are more at risk of alcohol due to the reduced capacity for the nervous system to tolerate it and the dangers of mixing it with prescribed medication. 

Regardless of age, we all should drink sensibly and adhere to the following guidelines as advised by the Department of Health, Social Service and Public Safety (DHSSPS):

  • Women are advised to drink no more than 2/3 units (a glass of wine) of alcohol a day
  • Men are advised to drink no more than 3 to 4 units (1 to 2 pints of beer) a day

Alcohol abuse

Drinking above these limits can cause significant risk to your physical health and mental well-being. It may even lead to alcohol abuse.

Related Information

Find out online whether you should be drinking less alcohol on the NHS' Drinking Self-Assessment tool.

For further advice on alcohol consumption or abuse, contact your GP surgery or groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous (Northern Ireland) on 028 9043 4848.

TIPSA provide education on alcohol and drugs to adults and young people.