This morning, along with my colleagues, Leah Fraser and Ian Lewis I attended an alcohol challenge event at Wallasey Town Hall, ‘Taking Steps To Rethink Drink’ organised by NHS Wirral. The event was well attended by about 80 people, many of whom who are involved in delivering programmes and advice about drinking.
We had presentations from Marie Armitage, Director of Public Health in Wirral, Shyamal Mukherjee, Medical Director NHS Wirral and Andrew Bennett, Centre for Public Health, LJMU. The theme throughout demonstrated that alcohol consumption is a very real problem in Wirral. We were bombarded with lots of statistics, some really shocking, and linking alcohol to Cancer, Liver failure, Stroke, Heart Disease and many more health issues. Perhaps one of the most alarming stats was the fact, that even if people who drink follow the Government guidelines, they still run the risk of a one in a hundred chance of dying from an alcohol related illness.
I do not class myself as a heavy drinker, however after this mornings event I will be committing to cut back on my alcohol intake. Are you drinking too much, want to cut down or simply want to find out more click HERE