Alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that’s harmful, or when you’re dependent on alcohol
To keep health risks from alcohol to a low level, both men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
For some people alcohol can be part of many occasions but like many drugs it’s addictive, both physically and psychologically. It is estimated that around 9% of men in the UK and 3% of UK women show signs of alcohol dependence. This means that drinking alcohol becomes an important, or sometimes the most important, factor in their life and they feel they’re unable to function without it.
If you are worried that you or someone you know has is abusing or misusing alcohol there are many ways to get help.