Alcohol is legal but it can be illegal to buy and drink it under the age of 18. GOV.UK covers the legal guidelines for alcohol.

If you are going to drink, you should know how much you are drinking: the Cheif Medical Officer for England advises that young people under the age of 15 should not drink at all, this is because those who start drinking at an early age drink more often than those who wait until they are older.

One unit is equal to:

  • half a pint of beer (4%)
  • lager or cider (4%)
  • a small glass of wine
  • a pub measure of spirits

Men should drink:

  • no more than 14 units of alcohol per week and
  • no more than two-three units in any one day

Women should drink:

  • no more than 14 units of alcohol per week and
  • no more than two-three units in any one day

Remember that you are still young people at the moment and this advice is for adults.

You need to be aware of how alcohol affects you - drinking too much can lead to loss of consciousness or alcohol poisoning, which can be fatal.

Please be aware of the dangers of mixing alcohol and energy drinks. This can lead to an increase in the problems listed above.

DrinkAware offers some advice on symptoms of alcohol poisoning and what to do if someone you know has drunk too much.

Where to next?

Further advice
  • CASCADE (counselling and advisory service) Tel: 01753 821789
  • National Alcohol Helpline Tel: 0345 320 202
  • Health Information Service Tel: 0800 665 544

Local advice

For local advice on drugs, you can call Bracknell’s Alcohol and Substance Misuse Youth Workers during office hours:

  • Debbie Coleman 07899063655
  • Bianca Askew-Gallipoli 07825364534