Consumption of alcohol within the recommended guidelines can be part of a healthy lifestyle.
However, alcohol problems cost Scotland an estimated £3.56 billion per year in NHS, Social Work, Police, Emergency Services, and the wider economic and human costs. Alcohol misuse not only affects the health and wellbeing of the individual drinker, but also has a major impact on family relationships, communities and society as a whole.
- The regular consumption of alcohol above the recommended guidelines can harm long term health and such consumption is linked to serious illness such as liver disease and forms of cancer
- Regularly consuming large quantities of alcohol (over double the daily guidelines) or drinking with the purpose of getting drunk is 'binge drinking' and as such increases the risks to health
- Alcohol reduces inhibitions and can affect decision making (e.g. issues relating to personal safety, sexual health† and drink-driving)
- Misuse of alcohol can often be linked to workplace absenteeism, financial and debt issues and criminality /legal issues
- Misuse of alcohol can in some cases lead to dependency and have extremely adverse effects on health, social networks and social functioning
- Alcohol misuse and dependency can impact on long-term mental health
- There are no recommend guidelines for children and young people
The alcohol unit guidance was reviewed in 2016 and the low risk guidance for men was reduced from 21 units to no more than 14 units per week.† As a result leaflets showing the old guidance have been removed from this website.† We have left 'Making a Change' on the site, but you should be aware of the unit guidance change.† This will be updated as soon as the new publication is available.
For free confidential advice on alcohol and how to cut down call:
Drinkline: 0800 7 314 314†(8am - 11pm 7 days a week)†
For details of local information, advice and support services for alcohol visit the three Grampian Alcohol & Drug Partnership (ADP) websites: