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Drink Less Blackpool

 

How can I drink less?

Drinking a little less can benefit your health, your weight and your pocket.

Regularly drinking more than 14 units a week can lead to serious health problems, like liver disease, heart attacks and cancer. Fourteen units are equivalent to 6 pints of average strength beer or 6 medium (175ml) glasses of average strength wine.

To keep your risk low, guidelines for the UK recommend that:

  • Adults do not regularly drink more than 14 units a week
  • People try and limit the amount of alcohol they drink on any single occasion
  • It’s safest not to drink alcohol whilst pregnant
  • For children and young people, an alcohol-free childhood is the healthiest and best option

If you regularly drink as many as 14 units per week, it’s best to spread your drinking evenly over 3 or more days.

This quick 10 question quiz will help you assess how much alcohol you drink. You will get an overall drinking score to tell you if your drinking could be affecting your health.

If you’re struggling to drink less, free help is available:

 

 

Support through an App

Our drink less App - ‘Lower my Drinking’ is like having a specialist advisor with you 24/7 – all available from the comfort of your smart phone. This convenient App can help people at any time of the day, providing support when you need it most.

Link to th App Store to download Lower My Drinking App
Link to th Play Store to download Android Lower My Drinking App

Support face to face if you’re under 25

Blackpool Young Peoples Service (BYPS) provides free and confidential support for young people aged 10 to 24.

Young people can refer themselves, either in person on Market Street or can call to arrange an appointment.

Opening hours: Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.00pm

Blackpool Young Peoples Service (BYPS),
2-8 Market Street, Blackpool FY1 1ET

Telephone: 01253 754840 Email: yot@blackpool.gov.uk

 

 

Support face to face if you’re over 25

Horizon provides alcohol advice and treatment for people living in Blackpool, including those worried about a family member, partner or friend.

They provide:

  • One-to-one behavioural support
  • Easy-to-find and central locations
  • Health screening
  • Counselling

Connect, Ground Floor,
102 Dickson Road, Blackpool FY1 2BU,
Telephone: 01253 205156

Opening Hours: Monday to Friday 9.00am to 5.00pm
(Half Day Wednesday, Open 1.00pm to 5.00pm)

What is an alcohol-free childhood? Information for parents and carers.

UK Chief Medical Officer guidelines recommend an alcohol-free childhood for children and young people as the healthiest and best option.

  • If children do drink alcohol underage, it shouldn’t be until they’re at least 15 years old.
  • If young people aged 15-17 do drink alcohol, it should always be with the guidance of a parent/carer or in a supervised environment.
  • Not drinking is the healthiest option for young people and if those aged 15-17 do drink, it should be limited to no more than one day a week.
  • As with adults, young people aged 15-17 should stick to lower risk drinking guidelines.

There are many myths around alcohol in childhood, like the myth that children who drink small amounts of alcohol with their family are less likely to binge drink. Giving children even small amounts of alcohol will give them a taste for it and make it more likely that they’ll drink more heavily in future. Children who drink alcohol before 15, are more likely to become dependent on alcohol in life. Find more myths and facts here. For advice, tips and facts to help you understand and prevent underage drinking, visit Drinkaware.

 

STI Symptom Checker


  • Unusual discharge
  • Pain, burning or increase in weeing
  • Rashes, lumps or blisters
  • Stinging, itching or tingling
  • Pain and/or bleeding during sex
  • Bleeding after sex

  • Pain in the testicles (balls)
  • Pain or tenderness in the lower tummy
  • Irregular bleeding
  • Strong, unpleasant smell from the vagina after sex
  • Painful swelling of penis, testicles or foreskin
  • Brown eggs on pubic or other body hair
  • No Symptoms

Get tested if you have any of these symptoms, a sexual partner has symptoms or you’re worried after having sex without a condom. Many STIs have no symptoms at all, like HIV. The only way to know for sure is to get tested.