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Whilst drinking moderate amounts of alcohol may not lead to long-term physical / psychological harm, social or solitary drinking can progress onto heavier drinking that could cause serious health problems. It is estimated that 1 in 13 people people suffer from alcohol addiction.


This page aims to inform and help those who are concerned about their own, friends or family members' alcohol consumption by providing service contact details. For a more detailed explanation of alcohol units, please follow this link to Drink Aware|.


What effects does alcohol have on the body & mind?


Q. What psychological and physical effects are seen in drinking alcohol?


A. A relaxed state of mind, lack of judgement, loss of inhibitions, blurred vision, slurred speech and loss of balance.


Q. How long does it take for a unit of alcohol to be removed from the body?


A. It takes roughly ONE hour per unit.


Q. What can affect the rate of absorption?


A. An empty stomach, a fizzy mixer or if you are small, young or female.


Q. What might indicate Alcohol Dependance Syndrome (alcoholism)?


A. An overpowering urge to drink alcohol, inability to stop pr limit your intake, the need to drink daily, for longer periods of time or having an alcoholic drink first thing in the morning.


Q. Will taking drugs with alcohol increase the danger of overdosing?


A. Yes - mixing drugs & alcohol you are 14 times more likely to overdose.


Q. What are the risks of drinking whilst pregnant?


A. It is recommended that once you find out you are pregnant you should cease drinking - this is not always possible, and medical advice should be sought.


Whilst cutting down your intake is seen as a positive step, no-one should just suddenly stop drinking ('cold turkey'). This can lead to dangerous, adverse reactions - if you are thinking about quitting always seek medical advice first.


Local services which may help you if you are concerned about your alcohol intake are:


Bournemouth Open Access Service

43 Oxford Road




Tel: 01202 552540


Drop-in service available 9:00 - 4:00 pm Monday to Friday.

Related Information


Concerned about your drug or alcohol use and want to speak to someone who can help?
Call the Bournemouth Assessment Team on 01202 209463 for support and advice
Alternatively, there is a drop-in service available 9:00am - 4:00pm Monday to Friday at the following address:
Postal Address Bournemouth Open Access Service,
The Trinity Project, 6 Trinity House, 161 Old Christchurch Road, Bournemouth,
Telephone 01202 558855