#alcoholawareCentre Supporting Voluntary Action supports the new alcohol awareness campaign

With a quarter of people in England now drinking at hazardous levels a new alcohol awareness launches tomorrow.

The campaign is being run by Essex County Council and is supported by Centre Supporting Voluntary Action.

Alcohol is now the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking and a root cause of ill health.

The countywide campaign aims to raise awareness of alcohol misuse and the dangers associated with drinking. It also aims to encourage people to check how at risk they are via an online tool- https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/

The Department of Health predicts that in Essex almost a quarter of a million people over the age of 16 report to be engaged in hazardous drinking which means women regularly consuming 15-35 units and men consuming 22-50 per week.

Cllr Anne Brown, Cabinet Member for Communities and Healthy Living, said: “Alcohol misuse has a real impact on the lives of all those suffering and involved.

“This campaign will highlight the dangers associated with drinking and direct those in need of help to information and support. It is hugely important that people know the dangers associated with drinking and where to go for help. The tool will also give them the opportunity to find out their risk level and what the next step might be.”

The campaign will involve advertising, social media, posters distributed throughout the county and promoting at events.

To take the alcohol test and for more information please visit https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/

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