Serious Drinking

Alcohol made easy – new manual explains 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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