National Alcohol Awareness Week highlights dangers of drinking - The Leamington Observer

National Alcohol Awareness Week highlights dangers of drinking

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In support of National Alcohol Awareness Week 2016 – which runs until Sunday (November 20) – Warwickshire County Council is again warning residents of the potential dangers of drinking too much.

It can lead to an increased risk of certain types of cancer, hypertension, dementia, depression, type 2 diabetes and even brain damage.

New guidelines recommend 14 units per week for both men and women – one unit is the same as 25ml of whisky, 250ml of beer or 75ml of wine.

And research shows nearly a quarter of adults nationally drink more than the recommended weekly limit.

Warwickshire trading standards has also been working closely with pubs and the off-licence trade, urging them to ask for ID and promoting Challenge 25.

In the past six months trading standards officers have carried out 20 undercover age-related alcohol ‘test purchases’ across Warwickshire with the help of child volunteers. Two retailers sold alcoholic drinks to children.

Coun Alan Webb, county spokesman for health said: “Reducing your alcohol intake has many benefits.

“Not only are you at lower risk of related illness, it can help you to lose weight and improve your mental health and wellbeing.”

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