Health & Wellbeing Service - Manchester

Drink Smart


Drink Smart is a self-help guide designed to help you make positive choices about alcohol. It includes:

  • A self-test to find out what kind of relationship you have with alcohol
  • Units and calories of common drinks
  • Facts on how it can affect your health, work, family and relationships
  • Tips and exercises for cutting down or having time off
  • Where to go for more advice and support along the way

Drink Smart Text Service



Drink Smart Self Help Guide


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How to use the Drink Smart guide

The first part of the booklet includes:

  • What the lower, increasing and higher risk drinking levels are (pages 6-9)
  • How many units of alcohol there are in popular drinks (pages 10-11)
  • An easy self-test to check your risk category (pages 12-15)
  • How alcohol affects your health and wellbeing, the impact on children and childhood, and the effects on medication (pages 16-24)
  • What is alcohol dependency and alcohol withdrawal (pages 25 and 26)


The middle part of the booklet will help you think about:

  • When and where you drink in a typical week using a Drink Diary (page 28)
  • What you like about drinking and how you feel about change (pages 30-36)
  • Whether to cut down or have time off (pages 37-38)


The last part of the booklet will support you to:

  • Make an action plan to achieve your goal (pages 39-41)
  • Manage stress in different ways (pages 42-43)
  • Get help from other people (page 46)

If you would like some extra support to set goals or keep on track, or if you have physical withdrawal symptoms (like shaking, sweating or feeling anxious until you have a first drink of the day), telephone the Community Alcohol Team for more advice before stopping completely on 0161 234 5055 (Monday-Friday, 9am-4.30pm)