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Health chief issues binge drink warning

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HEALTH chiefs are warning Wiganers about the dangers of ignoring the recommended daily alcohol consumption guidelines after it was revealed that one in five men and one in eight women had drunk more than they should in the past week.

The guidelines for alcohol consumption from the Chief Medical Officer are that women should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day (no more than a standard 175 ml glass of wine (ABV 13 per cent) and men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day (no more than a pint of strong lager, beer or cider (ABV 5.2 per cent).

However, results from the 2012 Health Survey for England (HSE), which surveyed more than 8,000 adults and 2,000 children, reflect a continuation of the gradual decline in drinking over recent years according to the Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSIC).

Wigan Council director of public health, Professor Kate Ardern, said: “While it is encouraging that the survey shows a gradual decline in drinking over recent years, it is worrying that 20 per cent of men and more than 12 per cent of women state that they drink twice the recommended daily alcohol limit, as we know that regular drinking over the recommended guidelines increases a person’s chances of suffering cancer, heart disease, liver disease and high blood pressure.

“Locally we are working with a range of organisations such as GPs, hospitals and health trainers to help them support people to recognise how much they are drinking and to cut down if necessary.

“We are also working to ensure that people have access to quality information about alcohol so that they can be confident in the choices they make as part of a healthy lifestyle.”

For information on ways of cutting down your alcohol consumption search for www.nhs.uk/livewell or call Drinkline on 0800 917 8282.

 

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