Alcohol and us...
Buckinghamshire’s residents are being encouraged to think about their habits around alcohol and increase their understanding of safer drinking levels.
To mark the publication of this year’s Buckinghamshire’s Director of Public Health Annual Report, which takes a closer look at our relationship with alcohol in Buckinghamshire, we want to help our residents understand how to keep the health risks of alcohol to a low level.
The Chief Medical Officer recommends it is safest not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. This should be spread over several days with some alcohol free days in between. It is also recommended that children should have an alcohol free childhood.
Many people in Buckinghamshire enjoy drinking alcohol – to celebrate, relax or just through habit, but may not be aware that they are drinking at levels that could be harming their health.
You can lower your risk of conditions such as heart disease, stroke, cancer and dementia by taking simple steps to reduce your alcohol intake.
Apps are a great way to keep track of how much you are drinking. Check out the Bucks Drink Checker website and try their easy to use app at https://buckscc.drinkchecker.org.uk
If you’re regularly drinking more than the recommended amount or you feel you can't manage without drinking alcohol, you may be experiencing alcohol dependence. Seek the advice of your GP or a local support service such as One Recovery Bucks (https://onerecoverybucks.org/) to help you safely cut down the amount of alcohol you’re drinking.