Don't let drink sneak up on you!

Publish Date: 09/02/2012

A brand new nationwide Change4Life campaign has highlighted that regularly drinking around two large glasses of wine or two strong pints of beer a day triple the risk of developing mouth cancer and double the risk of developing high blood pressure

Secretary of State for Health, Andrew Lansley said: “It’s crucial we support people to know about how drinking too much poses risks to their health and how they can take control of their drinking.

It can be easy to slip into the habit of having a few extra drinks each day, especially when drinking at home. But there can be serious health risks. Don't let drinking sneak up on you. That is why I am launching this campaign, to alert people that it is not just binge drinkers that damage their health. There are simple ways we can all cut down how much alcohol we drink if we need to.”

A new online calculator will be available on the Change4Life website to help people check how much they are drinking and work out whether they need to cut down. The campaign also offers handy hints and tips on how people can cut down – such as having booze free days, not drinking at home before people go out, swapping to low-alcohol or alcohol free drinks and simply using smaller glasses.

Dr Mike Knapton, Associate Medical Director at the British Heart Foundation, said: “An estimated 10 million Brits drink more than the recommended limits for alcohol, which puts one in five of us at increased risk of heart disease, stroke, high blood pressure and weight gain. There’s absolutely no reason why we can’t all enjoy our favourite tipple in moderation, but don’t underestimate the health risks when one glass becomes two or three on a regular basis.”

For more information visit http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/cutting-down-alcohol.aspx