Alcohol Awareness Week
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
Top tips for cutting down on your
- 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
- 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
- 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.