Alcohol and drugs

Leicester has significant rates of alcohol related harm, with a mortality and hospital admission rate far higher than the national average.

Further information


Unit guidelines are now the same for men and women. It is now advised that you do not drink more than 14 units a week with a few alcohol-free days.

The units in any alcoholic drink will be displayed on the product.

How to cut back

If you are concerned about how much alcohol you are drinking, visit the NHS Choices website page on alcohol, call Drinkline on 0800 876 6778 or see your GP. 

Cutting back on alcohol can improve your health, mental and physical well-being. There are plenty of practical ways you can start to cut down and stay on track. For more information visit the Drink Aware website.

Responsible drinking means drinking enjoyably, sociably and moderately. It also means not drinking at all in situations where the effects of alcohol will put your own or someone else's safety or health at risk.

You can download a handy alcoholic units guide at the bottom of this page.


The main sources of information about drugs and what to do if you, or a loved one, are worried about drug use are Talk to Frank and NHS Choices.

You can download more information about drugs and how they are classified at the bottom of this page.

Legal highs

There is now no such thing as a 'legal high'. The law has changed, making it an offence to supply or possess drugs that are to be taken for their psychoactive effects.

New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) consultation

Recently we consulted to gauge the level of public awareness about New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) formerly known as ‘legal highs’. Along with the support to help enforce controls on their use. For example, by giving the police additional powers through a Public Spaces Protection Order (PSPO). Find out more about the consultation.

Where can I get help?

If you or a loved one has a problem with drugs, there is a wide range of addiction services that can help. A good place to start is to visit your GP who will help you choose the most appropriate treatment for you. They might offer to treat you themselves or refer you to your local specialist drug service. 

Some of these services are provided by the NHS, and some are specialist drug facilities run by charities and private organisations.

Turning Point

Leicester and Leicestershire Turning Point provides a wide range of treatment, tailored to meet your or your family member's needs.

To make a referral, please visit the Turning Point website where you will find a link to the referral form, or email Turning Point. You can also find more information in the PDF which is available to download at the bottom of this page.

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