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Alcohol Awareness

Alcohol Awareness Week

13th – 17th November 2017

 

National Charity Alcohol Concern’s Alcohol Awareness Week started this week, with a focus on alcohol and families. 

Alcohol consumption can contribute to more than sixty medical conditions including, cancer, high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver, and depression. 

 

Councillor Louise Jackson, Portfolio Holder for Public Health, said: “Many people do not even realise they have a problem with alcohol, or the effect it’s having on their family.”

 

Alcohol is now one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK.  Recent data indicates the majority of adults in Bedford Borough drink within the recommended guidelines.  However, 1 in 4 drink at a level that may harm their health.  In 2015/16 there were 808 hospital admissions that were a direct result of alcohol harm.

 

Councillor Jackson continued: “If you or your family are concerned that you may be drinking too much then there are simple steps you can take to cut down.”

 

Top tips for cutting down on your alcohol consumption:

  • You can still have a drink – just aim to have less and set a limit for yourself.
  • Only take a fixed amount of money to spend on alcohol.
  • Try bottled beer instead of pints, or a small glass of wine instead of a large one.
  • Swap strong beers or wines for ones with a lower strength.
  • Try alternating alcoholic drinks with water or a soft drink.
  • Have at least two alcohol-free days each week.
  • Let your friends and family know you're cutting down and ask for their support.

 

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. This is equivalent to 7 pints of 4% lager or 7 regular sized glasses of 12% wine.

 

Find out how much you are drinking by Taking the Alcohol Test or visit One You to start the working towards a healthier you; or follow @healthybedford for information about alcohol and health.

 

Path 2 Recovery (P2R) provide confidential advice, treatment and support for people whose lives are affected by alcohol use. If you are worried about your drinking, contact P2R on 01234 352220.

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