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Calories in alcohol

Is your drinking making you fat? Find out how many calories are in your drink and get tips on avoiding weight gain.

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first step to getting better, but it's often the hardest one.

Alcohol units

It's a good idea to keep an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is?

Binge drinking

A drink-by-drink guide to the effects of binge drinking on your mind and body.

Alcohol misuse

Alcohol misuse is where a person consumes excessive amounts of alcoholic drinks.

The risks of drinking too much

You don't have to be an alcoholic to risk damaging your health. Regularly drinking just above recommended levels can be harmful.

How to cut back on drinking

Drinking too much alcohol and want to cut back or stop? Here’s the action plan you need plus handy tips proven by science

Alcoholic liver disease: Symptoms, causes and treatment

Alcoholic liver disease is liver damage caused by drinking too much alcohol over many years. Find out about its symptoms, causes and treatment.

Hangover cures

Sensible drinking is the best way to avoid a hangover, but these tips may help if it's too late for that.

Alcohol poisoning

Alcohol poisoning is caused by excessive drinking, causing vomiting and passing out. Hospital treatment may be required

Can you drink alcohol during the menopause?

Some studies say a small drink now and then can relieve some of the symptoms of menopause, others show how it can be really bad for your health. Get your questions answered.

Foetal alcohol syndrome

Find out about foetal alcohol syndrome, a range of mental and physical problems that can affect children whose mothers drink alcohol while they're pregnant.

Alcohol: How much is too much?

How much alcohol is too much? Find out how much alcohol is OK and how to cut down if you think you’re drinking too much.

Women and alcohol – reduce your health risks

Women are drinking more alcohol, and it’s harming our health. Learn about alcohol and weight gain, breast cancer, fertility and more – plus how much is too much.

Alcohol: How much am I really drinking?

Alcohol can be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle, but drinking too much can be dangerous. Learn the risks of drinking too much alcohol and how to measure how much alcohol you drink.

How long does alcohol stay in your blood?

On average, it takes about 1 hour for your body to break down 1 unit of alcohol. Learn about how long alcohol stays in your blood here - using content verified by certified doctors.

How much alcohol can I drink before driving?

The safest option is not to drink any alcohol at all if you plan to drive. Learn about drinking and driving here - using content verified by certified doctors.

Alcohol and sex

The risks of having sex after drinking, including STIs and pregnancy, with tips for staying safe when you go out drinking.

Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant

Experts are still unsure if alcohol is safe during pregnancy, so the safest approach is not to drink at all while you're expecting.

Allergies

An allergy is an adverse reaction that the body has to a particular food or substance in the environment.

Albinism

Albinism is an inherited condition that affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colours the skin, hair and eyes.

Alkaptonuria

Alkaptonuria, or 'black urine disease', is a rare inherited disorder that prevents the body fully breaking down two protein building blocks (amino acids), called tyrosine and phenylalanine.

Food allergy

Symptoms of a food allergy include raised red itchy skin rash, swelling of the face, eyes, lips, tongue, and shortness of breath

Alexander technique

The Alexander technique is a method of teaching improved posture and movement to help correct and prevent problems that are often caused by bad physical habits.

Eczema in children: 7 tips to stop the itch

Eczema can be tough for a child to cope with, but parents can help reduce the impact with these tips.

Altitude sickness

High altitude pulmonary oedema is a build-up of fluid in the lungs. It happens when you go up to a high altitude quickly.

Fun with less risk

There are ways of being intimate without putting yourself at risk of pregnancy or STIs.

Hair dye reactions

Reactions to hair dye are avoidable if you follow some simple safety advice. This page offers advice to anyone who uses permanent or semi-permanent hair dye, especially the darker-coloured dyes.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia is a group of symptoms associated with a decline in the way your brain functions, affecting your memory and the way you behave.

Immunotherapy for allergies: could it work for you?

If you have hay fever, insect stings or animal allergies and nothing works to control your severe symptoms, immunotherapy could help. Find out how it works and whether it’s right for you.