Royal Surrey County Hospital is encouraging people to think about their drinking as part of Alcohol Awareness Week.

The week, which runs from November the 16th to the 20th, also aims to help people understand the risks associated with alcohol consumption.

Royal Surrey County Hospital launched its Alcohol Liaison Service in September last year, and within its first 12 months it saw and assessed 1,472 people, introduced alcohol screening for all mothers-to-be and supported greater staff training.shutterstock_8160544

Statistics identified during the first 12 months of the service:

  • Age range from 13 years to 102 years
  • 68% male
  • 62% over 40 years of age
  • 30% considered as high risk

Anthony Gartland, the team’s Clinical Nurse Specialist, said, “It’s a fact that regularly drinking too much alcohol can have a severe effect on your health. The long-term effects of drinking may include high blood pressure, irregular heartbeat, liver cirrhosis and cancer.”

“We provide a non-judgemental service for patients admitted with alcohol-related problems. Since the service launched we have seen a reduction in the number of people requiring a detox, and have introduced greater management for frequent A&E attendees.”

As part of National Alcohol Awareness week Anthony and his team will be running an information stall in the hospital’s main reception.

Alcohol facts:

  • One in four adults drink more alcohol than is recommended
  •  It is estimated that over 25% of Surrey adults drink too much
  •  UK guidelines are that men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units a day, and women should not regularly exceed 2-3 units a day
  • Three units is equivalent to a pint of strong lager or a large glass of wine
  • A pint of larger contains as many calories as a slice of pizza
  • You would have to run for 34 minutes to burn off the calories in ½ a bottle of 13 per cent red wine

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