Does your Drinking Add Up

“For many people, a glass of wine or a pint of beer is a way of reducing stress after a tough day – but the short-term fix could be leading to long-term illnesses resulting in you feeling much worse off.

‘Does your Drinking Add Up?’ is a new campaign to raise awareness among the over 50s of the recommended alcohol limit and encourage them to think about their drinking habits.

Drinking more than the recommended 14 units of alcohol each week can increase the risk of developing high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and certain cancers, and over 30% of falls ending in death are related to alcohol. Drinking above the recommend limit can also worsen conditions such as liver disease or diabetes.

For some, alcohol can cause or increase personal and social problems. During difficult times, it can be easy to use alcohol to cope with stress which may seem to help but can create additional problems such as poor quality sleep and increases in stress.

The NHS recommends that 14 units is the most anyone should consume in a week and it should be spread across three or more days. However, people can quickly reach 14 units of alcohol, so the Does your Drinking Add Up campaign highlights how quickly the number of alcohol units you consume adds up. For example, the limit is reached by drinking six pints of lager or six medium-sized glasses of wine.”

Read more from Peterborough City Council (UK, May 2023) and visit campaign page at

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