14 November 2016
It is estimated that over 25% of Surrey adults – which equates to some 237,000 people – are drinking above recommended levels. New UK guidelines recommend that both men and women should not regularly drink more than 14 units a week. For those who drink this amount, its best to spread these units out evenly across a few days and to have at least two alcohol-free days a week. Three units is equivalent to a pint of strong pint of lager or a large glass of wine.
Regularly drinking above these levels is associated with an increased risk of developing serious health problems, including high blood pressure, heart and liver disease and various cancers. There is evidence in Surrey that both awareness of alcohol units and of the recommended guidelines is low, although nationally there is evidence that awareness of alcohol units has been steadily increasing.
Find out more and know your limits at Health and Wellbeing Surrey.
Take the two minute alcohol test at dontbottleitup.org.uk