As part of its continued alcohol awareness campaign, North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust is launching the ‘one week alcohol free’ initiative on the 25 February.
Asking the communities of North Tees and Hartlepool to switch to water for seven days, the Trust is reminding people of the benefits of taking a week off.
They’re encouraging members of the public to note their experiences during their week of sobriety. These can then be sent in to the Trust through their Facebook page or via Twitter.
Since January 2017, the Trust has seen over 600 alcohol related admissions through its doors. Many of these patients have liver disease and die during this admission, at an average age of 54 years old. In the North East, there is a 45% higher death rate from liver disease than anywhere else in the country. People are being urged not to become a statistic, and make a change today.
The Trust is launching a ‘One Week Alcohol Free’ initiative on the 25 February and is encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. Taking a week out allows a person to reflect on their relationship with alcohol, and create healthier habits.
The UK Chief Medical Officer’s Low Risk Drinking Guidelines recommend adults to drink no more than 14 units per week (one unit = half a pint of lager), and these should be spread over at least three days. Currently, 1 in 4 adults knowingly exceed this advice.
The more alcohol people drink , the greater their risk of developing a number of serious potentially life limiting health conditions, such as high blood pressure and heart disease, as well as 7 types of cancer. Regular drinking also leads to weight gain and obesity, which is associated with many more health problems.
Public Health England and charity DrinkAware have recently partnered to introduce the ‘Drink Free Days’ initiative. The campaign encourages middle aged drinkers to use the tactic of taking more days off from drinking as a way of reducing their health risks from alcohol.
Deputy Medical Director, Professor Jane Metcalf said: “It’s absolutely vital that people manage their relationship with alcohol – taking a week off is the perfect opportunity to do that. We are urging the people of North Tees and Hartlepool to reduce their risks by reducing their drinking. It’s important that everyone understands exactly what one unit of alcohol is, so they are more self-aware of excessive consumption.”