Alcohol focus for Healthy Peterborough during June

June sees the fourth month of the Healthy Peterborough Campaign with the focus moving to alcohol awareness.

It's easy to fall into the habit of drinking too much alcohol. Often people don't realise just how much they are drinking and how this might be affecting their health and wellbeing.

Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as six pints of average strength beer or 10 small glasses of low strength wine.

Regularly drinking more than this recommended guideline can increase the risk to your health.

The Healthy Peterborough campaign aims to give residents the tools to prevent, understand and combat common health problems like those linked to drinking too much, allowing them to live healthier for longer.

Councillor Diane Lamb, Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for public health, said: "Drinking too much too often can impact on your health. It is a worrying statistic that alcohol now costs the NHS £3.5billion per year, equal to £120 for every taxpayer.

"It is important to know how much you are drinking and that there are easy ways you can reduce your intake, without cutting alcohol out completely.

"You could try making some simple swaps when you're out, or, if you drink every day, try having at least a couple of alcohol-free nights each week.

"It is never too late to start being healthier. Find out how every little change helps and what support is available on the Healthy Peterborough website."

Drinking less alcohol also reduces the chances of gaining weight. A standard glass of wine (12 per cent) has 126 calories and a pint of beer (five per cent) has 215 calories.

Drinking five pints of lager a week adds up to 44,200 calories over a year, equivalent to eating 221 doughnuts!

For further information on sources of support to help you lessen the amount you drink is available from Alcohol Concern or Drinkaware

More information on sources of support and tips will be provided via social media and posters across the city throughout June.

If you need more support then visit your GP who may refer you to the local Peterborough alcohol service, provided by Aspire, on 01733 895624 and 0800 1114354. 

The Healthy Peterborough campaign is led by Peterborough City Council and supported by Peterborough City Hospital, Peterborough and Cambridgeshire Clinical Commissioning Group, Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Local Pharmaceutical Committee and Public Health England.

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