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Bin the booze 2013

Published Monday, 30 December 2013

Enfield residents are being challenged to bin the booze for just 31 days and sign up to the Alcohol Concern Campaign - Dry January

Enfield Council is backing the campaign which aims to give people the opportunity to make a healthy start to the New Year by avoiding the after work pint, the big boozy night out or the sneaky glass of wine on the sofa in front of the television.

On the plus side, cutting down on alcohol will give residents the chance to avoid those killer hangovers, save money and reduce their waistlines after the excesses of Christmas. Health benefits are likely to include improved sleep, weight loss, improved skin and hair quality, and saving money

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing and Public Health, Cllr Christine Hamilton, said: "We're encouraging people to take part in the Dry January challenge to see if they can bin the booze for 31 days.

"It’s a light hearted challenge which aims to get across the message that too much alcohol isn't good for you and many people would probably benefit from drinking less. I'm signing up and I'd urge as many residents as possible to take part as well and see if they can resist a tipple or two.

"Many people think the way they drink isn’t a problem. They may have a few beers after work, or a few glasses of wine in the evening. They don’t think this will harm their health; they are just winding down after a hard day at work. But this kind of drinking could store up problems for the future."

Alcohol Concern estimates that around 200,000 thousand people go to work with a hangover every day, costing the economy around £6.4 billion each year.

And it's not just at work that the cost of alcohol misuse is racking up; overall alcohol related harm is estimated to be between £20 - £55 billion each year, the figure being made up of alcohol-related health disorders and disease, crime and antisocial behaviour, loss of productivity in the workplace, and problems for those who misuse alcohol and their families, including domestic violence.

People who regularly drink over the recommended limits are more likely to suffer health problems such as liver disease, heart disease and high blood pressure. Alcohol is also the second biggest risk factor for oral cancer after smoking.

The recommended safe week limits for alcohol are three to four units a day for men and two to three units a day for women. 
One unit of alcohol is about equal to: 
- Half a pint of ordinary strength beer, lager or cider (3-4% alcohol by volume); or
- A small pub measure (25 ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume); or
- A standard pub measure (50 ml) of fortified wine such as sherry or port (20% alcohol by volume).

There are one and a half units of alcohol in: 
- A small glass (125 ml) of ordinary strength wine (12% alcohol by volume); or
- A standard pub measure (35 ml) of spirits (40% alcohol by volume).

For those who are concerned about their drinking or feel they are dependent on alcohol please speak to your GP or call freephone Drinkline on 0800 917 8282).

Other information is available: on line drink unit calculator here

Tips and a downloadable app are available from Change4Life

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