While many people get pleasure from a drink, drinking alcohol can cause real harm to health and wellbeing.
Drinking too much can damage your liver and increase your risk of cancer. There are lots of hidden calories in alcohol too so it can also mean you put on extra weight. The NHS website has more information about the risks of drinking too much.
Cutting back on alcohol can help improve your general wellbeing. This can be by boosting your energy, helping you to lose weight and strengthening your immune system. Reducing how much alcohol you drink can also help you save money.
NHS guidelines recommend that you drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. More than 10 million people in England drink more than this.
It can be confusing to know how much drinking is too much - there is advice on the NHS website on how to calculate your intake.
Visit the NHS Better Health website for more advice on drinking less. There are details on how to download the free NHS Drink Free Days app and tips to cut down your alcohol intake.
You can find alcohol addiction support services through the NHS website. There is also more information about support services and advice specific to Hertfordshire and west Essex below.