New campaign over drinking

DERBYSHIRE health bosses have welcomed new TV adverts warning of the serious health implications of regularly drinking slightly over recommended guidelines.

The adverts, produced by the Department of Health, highlight that drinking just a little too much alcohol puts people at greater risk of serious illnesses including heart disease, stroke and cancer.

Those who regularly drink two large glasses of wine or two strong pints of beer on a regular basis double their chance of high blood pressure and triple their risk of developing mouth cancer, the adverts say.

Steve Pintus, associate director for public health for NHS Derbyshire County, said: “Most people think it’s just binge-drinkers or the young who drink more than they should. But in fact drinking more than the recommended limit is a habit we can all fall into - and I’m sure there are many of us who enjoy regular drinking with food or at the end of the day to unwind.

“These new adverts offer a useful reality check on the massive repercussions that a regular-well meaning tipple can have on your health and well-being.”

Hints offered in the advert include: having alcohol free days, not drinking before going out, swapping to low-alcohol or alcohol free drinks and using smaller glasses.

Health bosses have also urged people to take heed of MPs advice which called for everyone to have two alcohol-free days a week.

For support and advice on drinking habits, contact your local GP.