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Extent of East Sussex drink problem revealed

The Argus: Extent of drink problem revealed Extent of drink problem revealed

One in four adults in East Sussex are putting their health at serious risk by drinking too much.

Dealing with the consequences of alcohol costs the NHS in the county more than £32 million a year and leads to thousands of hospital admissions.

A five-year plan has been drawn up in a bid to tackle the issue and encourage those who drink to do so responsibly.

Health and council bosses have a difficult balancing act as alcohol also contributes significantly to the county’s social and economic landscape.

More than 4,000 people are employed in pubs, bars and breweries and many venues are also an integral part of the tourism industry.

However, alcohol also contributes to significant health and social problems including long-term liver disease, domestic abuse and public disorder.

The East Sussex Drug and Alcohol Action Team and the East Sussex Safer Communities Partnership have developed the plan.

Work includes increasing knowledge and awareness of the dangers of alcohol and providing early help and support for people affected by harmful drinking.

There are also plans to work with retailers and licensees to promote responsible drinking.

East Sussex County Council lead member for community services, Chris Dowling, said: “We estimate that 23% of adult drinkers in East Sussex are drinking at a level that is damaging their health.

“This isn’t just about those drinking to excess in our town centres, but also those who regularly drink more than the recommended limits at home.

“Drinking more than the recommended levels can increase the risk of a wide range of health problems such as heart disease, stroke, throat and stomach cancers, liver disease, obesity and dementia.

“Working with our partners, we want to encourage a culture that people who drink to do so without harming their health and wellbeing.”

The recommended limits for men is three to four units a day and for women, two to three units.

A large glass of wine or a pint of strong lager or beer, are each about three units.

To look at the plans, visit www.safeineastsussex.org.uk.

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9:33am Mon 14 Apr 14

NickBrt says...

we should all turn to drugs like the greens champion us to
we should all turn to drugs like the greens champion us to NickBrt
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11:44am Mon 14 Apr 14

BURIRAM says...

Shops pubs and clubs need the have uniform hours once again as it is now possible to buy alcohol 24/7 in Brighton. Bring back the 11pm Pubs and 2am clubs closing times.
Shops pubs and clubs need the have uniform hours once again as it is now possible to buy alcohol 24/7 in Brighton. Bring back the 11pm Pubs and 2am clubs closing times. BURIRAM
  • Score: 4

12:08pm Mon 14 Apr 14

tykemison says...

Blah, blah, blah, blah.Am I the only one getting fed up with these self-righteous bore-heads forever trying to tell anyone with an ounce of fun in them how to live their lives? And as for their"estimated 23%"can we please be informed how this figure was plucked from the air? If your so concerned about peoples enjoyment (sorry health) why not concentrate your collective efforts on the food industry and processed poison all the big corporate's are feeding ignorant peoples children?
Blah, blah, blah, blah.Am I the only one getting fed up with these self-righteous bore-heads forever trying to tell anyone with an ounce of fun in them how to live their lives? And as for their"estimated 23%"can we please be informed how this figure was plucked from the air? If your so concerned about peoples enjoyment (sorry health) why not concentrate your collective efforts on the food industry and processed poison all the big corporate's are feeding ignorant peoples children? tykemison
  • Score: 4

3:52pm Mon 14 Apr 14

TIMBURRY says...

Chris Dowling..How much do you drink ? And can councilors claim drinks on their expenses ? If they can, you should start by showing by example.
Chris Dowling..How much do you drink ? And can councilors claim drinks on their expenses ? If they can, you should start by showing by example. TIMBURRY
  • Score: 2

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