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Be more drink aware at New Years parties

Amanda Thornton from Lancashire NHS

Amanda Thornton from Lancashire NHS

Health chiefs are warning New Year revellers to keep an eye on their alcohol consumption.

Medical experts say drinking while socialising means alcohol units can quickly add up, affecting reactions and general awareness, and excessive consumption can lead to long-term health conditions like high blood pressure and heart disease.

Amanda Thornton, clinical director for the Adult Community Network at Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust said: “Keeping an eye on how much you’re drinking and ensuring you are safe will ensure you see in the New Year with a night to remember for the right reasons.

“Pouring your own drinks at home and drinking wine with a meal can be misleading and lead to you drinking a lot more than you think. When alcohol is flowing inhibitions can be lowered which can result in you acting in a way that you wouldn’t normally or worse still, ending up dangerous situations.”

Visit www.nhs.uk/change4life for a drinks tracker to measure how many alcohol units and calories you could be drinking tonight.

 

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