With the holiday and festival season upon us, local residents are being asked not to drink excessive amounts of alcohol and risk damaging their health this summer.
As part of their Stay Well this Summer campaign, Wiltshire Council and NHS Wiltshire Clinical Commissioning Group are reminding people that excessive drinking in a short space of time can have lasting damaging effects.
Unit guidelines are now the same for men and women with both advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, the equivalent of six pints of four percent beer or six glasses of 13 percent wine. People are encouraged not to save up their 14 units for one occasion and try to spread evenly across the week and have regular drink-free days.
People are also advised to limit the total amount of alcohol in one session, drinking more slowly and alternating with food and/or water.
The Stay Well this Summer campaign will also highlight a number of other summer-related issues over the coming months including water safety for children, safe outdoor eating and protecting yourself from excessively high temperatures.
Frances Chinemana, Wiltshire Council associate director for public health said: “We want people to have a safe, happy and healthy summer and we hope our campaign will help with that.
“People will no doubt have a few drinks over the summer, especially if they go on holiday or attend one of the many festivals that take place, but we just want to gently remind people that drinking too much in a short space of time can have a negative knock-on effect to their health.”
Dr Peter Jenkins, Chair of NHS Wiltshire CCG, said: “Most people enjoy a sensible social drink without it having any negative effect but at times lots of people will go out for a good time and have a few more drinks than they’re used to. “Drinking more than the recommended limit is a habit that we can all fall into easily but drinking just a little too much alcohol puts people at greater risk of developing serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke and cancer.
“That’s why we’re urging everyone to take a sober look at their drinking over the summer and resolve to drink sensibly.”
For more information, people should visit www.wiltshire.gov.uk/drugalcoholmisuse