Richmondshire residents are being urged to be ‘drinkaware’ as part of a national campaign in the lead up to the festive season.
‘Alcohol and Me’ is the theme for 2019’s annual Alcohol Awareness Week which aims to get people thinking about how much they drink – and how that might affect their lives and health.
Alcohol misuse is the biggest factor of death, ill health and disability among 15 to 49 year olds and the fifth biggest risk across all ages – with 24% of adults admitting they regularly drink over the Chief Medical Officers guidance.
“We are not telling people not to drink, but to think about how much they drink on a regular basis and how that might be affecting their home, work and social life,” said Richmondshire District Council Deputy Leader, Councillor Helen Grant.
“Everyone will say drinking too much isn’t good for you, but how much is too much. During this campaign week our community safety team will be issuing ‘drinkable’ glasses and ‘rethink your drink’ scratch cards which give a clear indication of just how much that glass of wine, whisky or beer costs in terms of units and calories.”
The national campaign has a series of fact sheets available which cover the effect of alcohol on everything from cancer and diabetes to the heart, brain and sex. It can be accessed at the Alcohol Change UK website.
- Alcohol Change UK is a British charity and campaign group founded in 1984 with them aim is of reducing the harm caused by alcohol. It is best known for its flagship awareness programmes Alcohol Awareness Week and Dry January.
- The Town Hall Pub and Hotel in Richmond is holding an awareness raising event for the campaign on Friday November 15 from noon until 5pm in coordination with PCSO Helenor Gwatkin.