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Health warning to Christmas drinkers

PUBLISHED: 13:31 24 December 2008 | UPDATED: 12:48 09 March 2010

HEALTH campaigners across Suffolk are today urging Christmas partygoers to know how much they're drinking this year.

HEALTH campaigners across Suffolk are today urging Christmas partygoers to know how much they're drinking this year.

With the party season in full swing and the mulled wine flowing, NHS Suffolk is supporting the government's campaign, which tries to make sure people understand how many units are in their favourite drinks.

Dr Amanda Jones, deputy director of public health for NHS Suffolk, said: “The Christmas party season is a fantastic time to let your hair down and have a drink with your friends.

“But over the years the strength of popular drinks has increased and glass sizes have grown - many people are unaware that a large glass of festive wine can contain as many as three units.

“By recognising the units in their drinks, partygoers can ensure they have a safe and memorable evening, without embarrassing themselves or harming others.”

The Department of Health recommends that men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol daily and that women should not regularly drink more than two to three units daily.

Regularly exceeding your recommended daily alcohol limit increases the risk of long-term health problems.


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