Alcohol is a powerful chemical that can have a wide range of adverse effects on almost every part of your body, including your brain, bones and heart.
Alcohol misuse is when you drink in a way that's harmful, or when you're dependent on alcohol. It can seriously damage your health.
Signs of alcohol misuse include feeling like you drink too much, needing to drink regularly, and other people criticising your drinking.
Treatments for alcohol misuse include counselling, talking therapies and medicines that reduce your urge to drink or help with withdrawal symptoms.
Page last reviewed: 21/08/2018
Next review due: 21/08/2021