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Drugs and alcohol help

A woman refusing more wine. ​There's lots of help available in the Rochdale borough for drug and alcohol users. There's also plenty of support for families, loved ones and friends who are worried about someone's substance misuse.

Where can I get help?

Here's some places where you can get help with drugs or alcohol.

What are the offical drinking guidelines?

The Chief Medical Officers’ guideline for men and women is:

  • To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it's safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis.
  • If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it's best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days. If you have 1 or 2 heavy drinking episodes a week, you increase your risks of death from long term illness and from accidents and injuries.
  • The risk of developing a range of health problems, including cancers of the mouth, throat and breast, increases the more you drink on a regular basis.
  • If you wish to cut down the amount you drink, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.

​​How much do I drink?

Use the unit and calorie calculator to find out how many units of alcohol you drink​ per week and how many extra calories you consume.

Why should I cut down on alcohol?

Ever put your recycling out and wondered how you managed to get through so many bottles of wine and beer in only a week? Suffered from one too many mid-week hangovers at work? Or have you calculated how much you are drinking and now want to cut down? These are just some of the benefits that await you:

Physical benefits:

  • Better quality sleep with fewer ‘middle of the night’ disturbances
  • More energy
  • Lose weight – alcohol is packed with calories and you will be less likely to eat unhealthy food
  • No hangovers – say goodbye to the splitting headache the morning after
  • Reduced risk of injury through accidents
  • Stay healthier for longer – drinking less reduces the risk of developing long-term health conditions such as cancer, diabetes and heart and liver disease

Social and financial benefits:

  • Improved mood and relationships
  • Better performance at work
  • Less likely to get in trouble with the law - for example by acting uncharacteristically in public
  • Save money – the more you drink, the more you spend

How can I cut down on alcohol?

Despite the negative health implications associated with alcohol, there's often no need to completely stop drinking it. Keeping your drinking within the suggested guidelines can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. Reducing your alcohol intake gradually is often something you're more likely to stick to, instead of cutting it out all together.

  • Know what you’re buying - check the Alcohol By Volume (ABV) on a bottle before buying it so look out for lower alcohol alternatives 
  • Buy an alcohol measure - be sure you know how much you're drinking when you pour home-based spirits. It will also ensure your favourite drinks taste exactly the same as they do at the bar.
  • Beware of large rounds - they can make you drink quicker than you usually would. Stay in control and save cash by opting for smaller rounds with just a couple of friends, or avoid them all together.
  • Bored or stressed - get active instead of drinking.
  • Set a limit - when you do drink, set yourself a limit and stick to it. 
  • Quench your thirst - try and have some non-alcoholic drinks before and in between your alcoholic ones.