Many health experts are now saying that the UK has a problem with alcohol. They claim alcohol is the biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability for people aged 15-49, and the fifth biggest threat to health for all ages of people.
There are estimated to be around 600,000 people in the UK in need of specialist support for alcohol, but the number receiving treatment is closer to only 100,000.
Over 220,000 children are currently living with an alcohol-dependent adult in England and the number living with an adult who drinks harmfully is much higher.
Alcohol Awareness Week runs 19-25 November and this year its focus is on change. If you’re concerned that you might be drinking too much, there are small behavioural changes you can make to cut back:
- Keep a drinks diary to keep track of how much you’re consuming
- Avoid drinking in rounds
- Take more alcohol-free days
- Do more activities that don’t involve alcohol
If you would like to keep track of your drinking, or get advice and tips for cutting down, download the free Dry January & Beyond app for Apple and Android devices.