Drinking & Smoking

If You Smoke, Stop

If you smoke, stopping will reduce your risk of having a stroke in the future, and of developing other conditions including cancer, chronic lung disease and dementia. Smoking doubles your risk of a stroke. If you give up cigarettes, your risk of developing a stroke immediately starts to drop and continues to fall.

You can get free help to stop smoking from the NHS.

  • Speak to an NHS smokefree advisor on 0800 169 0169 for information on stop-smoking medicines, managing cravings, and free, local NHS stop-smoking services. You can create a plan to go smokefree. And when you’ve quit, you can call for further advice and encouragement if you need it.
  • If you think a home-based approach would suit you better, try the Together Programme. It will help you go smokefree from home by supplying you with a timed delivery of information and advice by post, email, text and phone. The service is free.
  • You’re twice as likely to give up if you join a group or have one-to-one support at your free, local NHS stop-smoking service. If you also use nicotine patches or gum, you’re four times more likely to stop smoking successfully.

Find out what NHS support is available to help you stop smoking.

Go To: Go Smoke Free

Alcohol and Stroke

Regularly drinking more than the recommended level can increase the risk of stroke.
There has been much research on the possible risks and benefits of consuming alcohol on a regular basis. To find out more about the link between alcohol and stroke please phone 01255 815916 for a fact sheet.

Drink within recommended limits:

  • Men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol per day.
  • Women should not regularly drink more than two to three units of alcohol per day.

Unit Guide

  • Beer, Lager & Cider:
  • Spirits:
  • Wine (Red, White or Rose):@ Approx 12%
  • Sherry & Port:
  • 1 Bottle = 2 units
    1 Can = 2.6 units
    1 Pint = 3.4 units
  • Small (25ml) = 1 Unit
    Large (35ml) = 1.4 units
    Dble = 2.5 units
  • Small Glass (125ml) = 1.5 units
    Standard Glass (175ml) = 2.1 units
    Large Glass (250ml) = 3 units
    1 Bottle = 9 units
  • 50ml = 1 unit


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