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Alcohol Awareness Week

Published on Monday, 14th November 2016

Risk factor - alocohol awareness week

Nuneaton and Bedworth residents are being asked to think about their relationship with alcohol during a nationwide campaign this month.

The aim of Alcohol Awareness Week is to get people thinking about alcohol - how it affects us as individuals, families, communities and society as a whole.

The theme will focus on knowing the risks associated with alcohol, by focusing on the relationship between particular health conditions and alcohol.

In January this year, the guidance around recommended limits of alcohol was updated by the Chief Medical Officer. The new guidance states that the limits for both men and women are the same – which is to not drink more than 14 units a week, and spreading these units evenly over 3 or more days. The guidance also highlighted how there is no safe level of alcohol.

Statistics to consider:

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver; and depression
  • Alcohol is one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8697 alcohol-related deaths
  • For every £1 invested in specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs
  • Heavy drinking is also known to cause alcohol-related dementia

Nuneaton and Bedworth Borough Council has recently launched an Alcohol and Substance Misuse Policy to help raise awareness, give support and promote sensible attitudes towards drinking alcohol.

The Council has an obligation under the Health and Safety at Work act 1974 to take care of the health, safety and welfare of employees and anyone visiting their premises. This policy aims to promote a culture where employees are competent to work free from the adverse influences of either alcohol or substance misuse. For more info visit our website.

During the week people will be encouraged to take part in Dry January. It’s estimated this January one in six Britons will attempt it – that’s 12 million people. Will you be one of them?

Residents and visitors to the borough will also be able to get advice from planned events and workshops.

  1. Community Market Stall in Nuneaton Nov 16 between 10am and 2pm
  2. Neighbourhood Watch Bulkington Christmas Light switch-on Nov 22 – advice
  3. Neighbourhood Watch event in Bedworth town centre on Nov 26
  4. Neighbourhood Watch event in Bedworth with Warwickshire Police on Dec 6