Serious Drinking

Alcohol made easy – how it works, what it does and how you can manage it

Many of us enjoy alcohol and there’s nothing wrong with that. 

​This booklet explains how alcohol works, how it affects our bodies and how you can drink more safely.

But alcohol is also a powerful drug that kills someone nearly every hour in the UK, the vast majority of them men. So this booklet also includes tips for controlling your drinking and what to look for if your relationship with alcohol is causing you concern.

  • Units and limits
  • Processing alcohol
  • Sleep, driving and hangovers
  • Effects on the body and mind
  • Our six-point plan for cutting down
  • How you know when you’ve got a drink problem.

Serious Drinking: alcohol made easy.

The 20 page full colour A5 booklet, written by Jim Pollard and the Drinkaware team with cartoons by John Byrne is full of simple, practical tips that will improve the health of pretty much anyone.

Men's Health Forum man manuals: men’s health made easy.

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Full contents list
  • I Like A Drink
  • What Happens When We Drink
  • The Long-Term Effects
  • Are There Any Benefits?
  • Any Tips To Cut Down
  • Am I Drinking Too Much?
  • Who Can Help?
'No nagging. No moralising. Just the hard facts about alcohol and its effects.'

The Men's Health Forum is a member of the NHS England Information Standard and this new man manual is fully compliant. This means it is fully-referenced, has been peer-reviewed by our team of medics led by Dr John Chisholm, the Men's Health Forum's chair of trustees, and also road-tested with men. 

Serious Drinking was developed in partnership with Drinkaware, an independent UK-wide, alcohol education charity.

You can have confidence that this is a reliable source of quality evidence-based health information.

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The Men’s Health Forum need your support

It’s tough for men to ask for help but if you don’t ask when you need it, things generally only get worse. So we’re asking.

In the UK, one man in five dies before the age of 65. If we had health policies and services that better reflected the needs of the whole population, it might not be like that. But it is. Policies and services and indeed men have been like this for a long time and they don’t change overnight just because we want them to.

It’s true that the UK’s men don’t have it bad compared to some other groups. We’re not asking you to ‘feel sorry’ for men or put them first. We’re talking here about something more complicated, something that falls outside the traditional charity fund-raising model of ‘doing something for those less fortunate than ourselves’. That model raises money but it seldom changes much. We’re talking about changing the way we look at the world. There is nothing inevitable about premature male death. Services accessible to all, a population better informed. These would benefit everyone - rich and poor, young and old, male and female - and that’s what we’re campaigning for.

We’re not asking you to look at images of pity, we’re just asking you to look around at the society you live in, at the men you know and at the families with sons, fathers and grandads missing.

Here’s our fund-raising page - please chip in if you can.

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