Keep track of your drinking this summer

Release Date: 01 May 2018

BBQs, outdoor activities and a few drinks in the afternoon sun. It’s the picture of summer approaching but whilst you’re out enjoying yourself, it’s important to consider the impact that alcohol can have on your health. Be sure to drink responsibly, and check out whether your alcohol intake could be harmful to your health.

The Richmond DrinkChecker website aims to raise awareness of alcohol, health and safer drinking. Residents can use the site to help set goals to drink less, see how much they can save in cash and calories by reducing their drinking and find information about local support services.

According to recent statistics over 38,000 people in Richmond (almost 1 in 4 adults) are drinking levels of alcohol that puts them at an increased risk of alcohol related health problems or harm.

This tool aims to help residents be more aware about the potential damage that drinking to excess can cause.

Houda Al-Sharifi, Director of Public Health in Richmond upon Thames said:

“Of course, many people like to enjoy a drink in the sun during summer but it’s not necessary to over indulge. Alcohol, when not consumed in moderation, increases our risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke and injuries. It’s hugely important that people of all ages recognise the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption and keep within the recommended limits.

“Drinkchecker is a great tool and will help our residents stay healthy and informed over summer. The test will help you keep an eye on how much you are drinking, and learn what to do if you are drinking too much.”

For more information see the Richmond DrinkChecker website.

Notes for editors

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Reference: P237/18

Updated: 31 May 2018