Warwickshire County Council supports National Alcohol Awareness Week 2016

In support of National Alcohol Awareness Week 2016, Warwickshire County Council reminds residents of the harmful effects of alcohol.medical-conditions

The theme of the national campaign focuses on alcohol and health, and knowing the risks associated with alcohol.

Research shows nearly one quarter of adults are drinking more than the recommended weekly limit of alcohol. The new guidance released in 2016 recommends 14 units per week for both men and women and advises that there is no safe limit for drinking alcohol. Watch the summer campaign video to find out more.

The harmful effects of alcohol and substance misuse are of increasing public health concern. Alcohol consumption is related to a range of adverse health effects including increased risk of certain types of cancer (including breast cancer), hypertension, certain types of dementia, depression, type 2 diabetes and alcohol related brain damage.

Alcohol use is also related to a wide range of health risks and social problems. Warwickshire County Council, Trading Standards is working closely with pubs and the off-licence trade, encouraging retailers to ask for ID and promoting Challenge 25.

This work is having an impact, within the past 6 months, Trading Standards Officers have carried out 20 undercover age related alcohol test purchase exercises across Warwickshire, with the assistance of child volunteers. The service can now report that only two retailers sold alcoholic drinks to children.

Cllr Les Caborn, Warwickshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Health, said: “There are no safe levels of drinking alcohol however drinking within the recommended weekly limit will ensure you remain within the low risk category. We have support services available in Warwickshire more information can be found at warwickshire.gov.uk/alcohol

Cllr Alan Webb, Warwickshire County Council’s Chair of the Adults, Social Care and Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee added: “Reducing your alcohol intake has many benefits. Not only are you at lower risk of related illness, it can help you to lose weight and improve your mental health and wellbeing.”

Please visit warwickshire.gov.uk/alcohol for more information on services available to Warwickshire residents.