ISSU18 Alcohol

In this section you will find information regarding alcohol specifically relating to your safety, the law, alcohol units and ‘safe’ drinking limits.

Alcohol Misuse Service

In this section you will find information regarding alcohol specifically relating to your safety, the law, alcohol units and ‘safe’ drinking limits.

What ISSU18 Do

In regards to alcohol misuse ISSU18 see people whom misuse alcohol themselves and/or their parents or other family members do. We can offer a range of interventions for alcohol misuse, some of which are:

  • Brief Interventions
  • Relapse prevention
  • Community/inpatient detox
  • Alcohol education (age appropriate for client)
  • Alcohol diaries to track consumption/reduction
  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy
  • Solution Focused Brief Therapy
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Decision making processes (SID’s)
  • Utilise the cycle of change model

At ISSU18 we do not set a limit to the number of sessions you will need and take this in to consideration once you have undergone our initial assessment. At ISSU18 we work from a Bio-psyosocial model which means we take in to consideration the biology of the substance you are using, the psychological implications and social circumstances, thus giving consideration to many aspects of your life not only substance misuse.

Alcohol Units

Alcohol is measured in units and these are a handy and safe means of thinking about your alcohol intake.

In ‘technical’ terms a unit of alcohol is equal to 8g or 10mls of ‘pure’ alcohol – ethanol.

Units of alcohol vary depending on what you are drinking – alcohol comes in different types and strengths.

It is useful to think of them in terms of the weakest to the strongest – beers, lagers and ciders are normally the weakest, the next strongest are wines and drinks like buckfast. The strongest drinks are spirits like vodka, rum or whiskey.

Because the strengths vary, what we mean by a unit will also vary.

1 unit is therefore equal to:-

  • A 25mls measure of spirits – strength 40%
  • ½ of a 175mls glass of wine – strength 12%
  • ½ pint of lager/beer/cider – strength 3.5%

Some points to remember though

  • Some pubs will sell spirits in 35ml measures, which will therefore equal 1.4 units
  • Some wines are stronger than 12% - red wine for example may be as much as 14% or 15%
  • Many lagers, ciders and beers will also be stronger – as much as 4% or 5% and up to 9% for superlagers