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Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness Week

14th – 19th November 2016

 

Bedford Borough Council’s Public Health Team offer advice and help for those who want to cut down on their alcohol consumption.

 

National Charity Alcohol Concern’s Alcohol Awareness Week starts on 14th November, with a focus on alcohol and health, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol.

 

Alcohol consumption can contribute to more than sixty medical conditions including, cancer, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver, and depression.  Alcohol is now one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK.

 

Recent data shows that majority of adults in Bedford Borough drink within the recommended guidelines; however as many as 1 in 4 drink at a level that may harm their health and in 2014/15 over 400 hospital admissions as a result of alcohol related harm were recorded.

 

Bedford Borough Council’s Public Health team are on hand to offer tips and ideas for cutting down on your alcohol consumption and living a healthier lifestyle this Alcohol Awareness Week.

 

Top tips for cutting down on your alcohol consumption:

  • You can still have a drink – just aim to have less and stick within the guidelines.
  • Before you start drinking, set a limit on how much you're going to drink.
  • Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
  • Let your friends and family know you're cutting down; you could get support from them.
  • Cut back a little each day. That way, every day you do is a success.
  • You can still enjoy a drink, but go for smaller sizes. Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
  • Cut down the alcohol by swapping strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength.
  • Have a glass of water before you have any alcohol and try alternating alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
  • Have several drink-free days each week.

 

The NHS recommends that both men and women drink no more than 14 units a week, spreading these units evenly over 3 or more days.

Find out how much you are drinking by using your very own drinks tracker app; visit One You to start the working towards a healthier you; or follow @healthybedford for information about alcohol and health.

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