Drinkers urged to cut down on intake

Drinking, pint, posed, alcohol.
Drinking, pint, posed, alcohol.

ONLY 18 per cent of people in North Tyneside are keeping tabs on how much they drink, latest figures reveal.

And less than 50 per cent know what the maximum number of units are as laid out by health professionals, according to new research from Balance, the North East Alcohol Office.

The latest snapshot of the region’s drinking habits are revealed as Balance, the North East Alcohol Office, launches a regional campaign encouraging people to check how much they are drinking and to raise awareness of the potential health harms.

The campaign, part of the Government’s Change4Life programme, encourages people to check their alcohol intake using an online Drinks Checker tool, or by downloading a drinks tracker app, which show how simple changes can benefit your health.

Research also showed that keeping track is lowest amongst 18-34 year olds, and fewer than half of people in Northumberland (41 per cent) know what the maximum limits are.

Adult drinkers are advised to stick to the Government’s recommended limits and should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day, or about two small glasses of wine, for a woman and 3-4 units, or about two pints of low strength beer or lager (3.5 per cent), for a man. Regularly means drinking this amount most days or every day.

Colin Shevills, director of Balance, said: “Here in the north east 49 per cent of men and 29 per cent of women are drinking too much, too often.

“But with only 18 per cent of people in North Tyneside monitoring how much they drink there is a danger that alcohol-related health problems will continue to increase, with people unaware of the damage they are doing to their health.

“Drinking more than the recommended limits on a daily or almost daily basis can have serious long term implications for our health.”