Keep Calm and Talk

It can be difficult to talk to teenagers about the harm caused by cigarettes, alcohol and drugs. 

We've teamed up with Right Here Brighton & Hove we've put together advice, support and information for parents and carers to use to help start the conversation and to help challenge widespread misinformation and myths. Have a look at the Keep Calm and Talk website for:

  • Advice on how to start the conversation 
  • Choose your moment 
  • Recognise young people's knowledge and understanding 
  • Keep it real 
  • It's not what you say, it's how you say it 
  • Facts on smoking, drinking and drugs 
  • Information about where to go to get support locally 

Drinking is a prominent part of life in Brighton & Hove, and is enjoyed by many who visit our city as well as many of us who live here.

Excessive drinking causes problems for us as a community and for individuals, and so we’re focused on making sure that everyone understands the risks and how to stay safe and healthy.

Alcohol is measured in units.  One unit is 10ml or 8g of pure alcohol. This equals one 25ml single measure of whisky (ABV 40%), or a third of a pint of beer (ABV 5-6%) or half a standard (175ml) glass of red wine (ABV 12%).

The recommended weekly alcohol limits are:

  • 14 units of alcohol for both men and women per week, spread evenly over 3 or more days
  • 0 units of alcohol for pregnant women and those under 18

Drinking a lot in one go (‘binge-drinking’) can have serious health implications - a binge is classified as six or more units for women, or eight or more for men, in one sitting.