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Alcohol Awareness Week: could you be putting your health at risk?

Alcohol Awareness Week, from 13 to 19 November 2017, will this year focus on the health risk associated with drinking.

As well as the physical health risks associated with drinking, such as an increased risk of cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure, alcohol can also have a negative impact on someone’s mental health and wellbeing.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Wellbeing and Customer Services, said:

“Alcohol Awareness Week is a good time for us all to take a moment to look at our drinking habits. A couple of drinks a night can soon add up and drinking too much too often can put both your physical and mental health at risk.

“Drinking to deal with difficult feelings or to change your mood doesn’t solve any problems and of course when the alcohol wears off you feel worse.”

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. By sticking to these guidelines you can lower your risk of harming your health.

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week the campaign encouraging people to take a month off drinking in the New Year – Dry January 2018 – will also be launched.

Dry January 2018

The 31 day challenge to stay alcohol-free is a great way to start the year, especially if you’ve over indulged over the festive period.

After the excess of the holiday season January is the best time to give your body a little break, and it’s really simple to do – just swap your alcoholic drinks for something softer in January to experience some health, as well as wealth, benefits.
As well as losing the hangover and reducing your waistline, you’ll also get better sleep, have more energy and save money. It may also help you rethink your drinking habits in the future too.

Evidence shows that six months after completing Dry January many participants report that they are drinking less frequently and consuming less when they do drink, as well sleeping better and having more energy.

It’s free to sign up and there’s lots of support available throughout the challenge – not only from Dry January but also from the thousands of other participants taking part. To find out more and sign up, visit the Dry January website.

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