​​​​Reducing harm from alcohol or drugs 


Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week. That’s roughly six pints of 4% beer per week or six small glasses of wine, where a small glass is 175ml of 13% wine. 
Don’t ‘save up’ your units. Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week and have regular drink free days.

If you are pregnant, you shouldn’t drink at all!
People under eighteen should not drink alcohol. Keep your short term health risks low by:
Limiting the total amount of alcohol you consume in one session
Drinking more slowly, alternating with food, soft drinks or water.
These new alcohol consumption guidelines were issued in January 2016 to help keep the risk of cancers and other diseases low.  

DontBottleItUp: take the 2 minute alcohol test today​​
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DontBottleItUp is your one-stop-shop for advice, information and support about alcohol - from binge drinking and hangovers, to getting support and cutting down.

Complete the DontBottleItUp alcohol test today in just two minutes.

It's quick, easy and confidential.  You'll receive personalised results on-screen and some ideas for next steps, like making a plan for cutting down or finding out where to get a bit of support in your area.

DontBottleitUp offers a quick, easy and confidential range of options 24/7 to anyone with access to the Internet. You can:

  • Get advice and information on all things alcohol from binge drinking, social drinking, hangover and local support
  • Receive on-screen advice personalised to your gender and risk level
  • Make a personalised reduction plan which you can print or email to yourself
  • Find your local alcohol service or satellite clinic by entering your postcode.

You can also track and change your drinking on the go by using the DrinkCoach app.

The app can be downloaded from the drinkcoach website.  

Croydon Recovery Network

Croydon Recovery Network is a single drug and alcohol service offering support to individuals across the borough. 

To access the treatment and recovery options, you must live in Croydon or be registered with a Croydon GP.

For more details contact the 24/7 number on 0300 123 9288.

You can also email or visit the Croydon Recovery Network website​ for more information or to refer yourself.

You can also refer yourself via email to CroydonRecoveryNetwork@turning-point.co.uk

Croydon Young People's Substance Misuse Service

Croydon Young People's Substance Misuse Service offers advice on Housing Support, Not in Education, Employment or Training Services (NEET), and drug and alcohol services.

You must live in Croydon or be registered with a Croydon GP to access this service.

Contact the Turnaround Centre on 0208 7605 530 or visit the the Turning Point website for more details.

The Croydon Recovery Network and Croydon Young People's Substance Misuse Service offer a number of confidential services and different types of support for people with drug and/or alcohol problems.

These include:

  • A wide range of groups eg: relapse prevention, mindfulness, aftercare, peer support
  • One – one interventions
  • Community detox and access to inpatient detox and residential rehab
  • Complementary therapies
  • Support for housing, education, employment, training
  • Support for parents, families and carers
  • Needle exchange
  • Substitute prescribing
  • Outreach

Worried about someone else's alcohol or drug use?

You can also contact the Croydon Recovery Network and Croydon Young People's Substance Misuse Service if you are worried about someone else's drinking or drug use. ​