Rethink Your Drink!

Residents in Telford and Wrekin are being urged to “rethink your drink” as part of Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday November 23.

Rethink Your Drink!

During the course of the week, visitors to Southwater One can take part in an alcohol myths and facts quiz with a prize of a £100 Telford Shopping voucher. The competition ends on Friday.

The average annual related health costs of alcohol misuse per adult in Telford and Wrekin are £58 with six per cent of local residents estimated to be high risk drinkers and 19 per cent increasing risk drinkers.

Alcohol is 45 per cent more affordable than it was in 1980 and misuse of it costs approximately £21 billion per year in healthcare, crime and lost productivity costs.

It is estimated that 2.6 million children in the UK are living with parents who are drinking hazardously and 705,000 living with dependent drinkers

Most developed countries have seen a decrease in dinking alcohol over the last three decades but the UK has seen an increase of over 9%.

Between 2002 and 2009, 92,220 children and young people aged under-18 were admitted to hospital in England for alcohol-related conditions

There are an estimated 1.6 million people dependent on alcohol in England

For every £1 invested in specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime.

Councillor Richard Overton, cabinet member for Public Protection, said: “The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week this year is Facing Our Alcohol Problem – taking back our health and high streets.

“Together with other organisations, we are using the week to raise awareness of issues caused by excessive consumption and the impact it can have on our health and communities.

“Everything is all right in moderation but there is no doubt that misuse of alcohol is an increasing problem in the UK.”