(booze, wine, spirits, beer, drinks)

Alcohol is the most commonly used recreational drug in the world with 57% of over 16s in the UK reporting they used alcohol in the past year. Alcohol has been used for thousands of years and is culturally embedded in most societies. Alcohol is a depressant drug that despite its legal status, can be incredibly harmful if used in excess.

Effects | Dosage | Advice | Support


The effects of alcohol will take around 15-30 minutes to kick in and will last around 1.5 to 3 hours.


The dose required to achieve your desired effect will vary depending on a number of factors including gender, weight and tolerance, amongst others. The following guidance is from the NHS:

Harm Reduction Advice

Access Support

BDP can provide support, advice and resources around your alcohol use.

Contact BDP

External Resources

Unit & Calorie Counter

Alcohol Self-Assessment

Mixing Alcohol & Drugs


Visit drinkaware.co.uk and drugsand.me for more information.