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Alcohol awareness drive launched in Southampton as new figures show 30,000 at risk PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 13 November 2016
drinks cabinet under cc2 by clive darraAn alcohol awareness campaign is being launched as new figures show that 30,000 people in Southampton are drinking at levels that put their health at risk, and 10,000 are at high risk of physical and mental harm from alcohol.

New guidance from the Chief Medical Officer on health and alcohol was published earlier this year, saying that to keep health risks from alcohol to a low level it’s safest not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. If you regularly drink as much as 14 units per week, it’s best to spread your drinking evenly over three or more days.

The council says that a recent poll it conducted revealed that only a quarter of people in Southampton are aware of these guidelines.

The new campaign, launched by Public Health at Southampton City Council, in partnership with local NHS and emergency services, will focus on raising awareness of the benefits of cutting down to no more than 14 units of alcohol a week, and will highlight online tools to help people keep track of their drinking.

Cllr Dave Shields, Cabinet Member for Health and Sustainable Living at Southampton City Council, said:

“Alcohol plays an important role in the social lives of many of us and in the economy and culture of the city. This campaign is not about telling people not to drink. We want people who choose to drink alcohol to understand the risks and do so without harm.”

You can keep track of how much you drink and find out how alcohol is affecting you at: http://www.discoversouthampton.co.uk/living/health/alcohol-awareness

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