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Balance DoH campaign response

Posted 27/01/10

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, the North East alcohol office, said: “Most people who suffer from health problems because of their drinking are not alcoholics or binge drinkers but those who drink regularly over a number of years.

“Many suffer few immediate consequences, but over time it takes its toll. In the North East, rates of death from alcohol related liver disease increased by just under a third between 2004 and 2008, while alcohol specific hospital admissions are up to 62% higher than the national average.

“Regularly drinking more than the recommended number of units over a long period can result in a number of complications including certain types of cancer, especially breast cancer and increased risk of heart disease and stroke.”
He said that key to reducing the health risks was drinking within the recommended safe daily and weekly limits for alcohol.

“It’s easier to stay within the limits when you keep track of how much you are drinking,” he added.

“People are often surprised to find out how much they drinking on a regular basis as it is fairly common for us to underestimate how much we consume. Keeping a drinks diary is a perfect way to take stock and is a first step towards living a healthier life.”