For many of us, drinking with friends and family is one of life’s pleasures. We use alcohol to unwind, to celebrate, to have a laugh and to socialise but alcohol can also have a negative side to it.

Having too much to drink on a night out can not only give you a hang over but can leave you in very dangerous situations. Like getting into an fight, making yourself vulnerable to sexual assault, being tempted to drive home drunk or accidently setting fire to the house making supper.

Drinking too much over a long time can also have long terms risk to your health, your relationship and your family.

What is a unit?

Because drinks come in different strengths and quantities the usual way to measure the strength is in units.

Here is a guide to the number of units in common drinks.