Don't bottle it up Islington! Try two-minute alcohol test

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By JulieGK | Monday, January 14, 2013, 20:02

A new two-minute online test offers Islington residents a simple health check on their drinking.

Don't Bottle It Up - - asks people how many alcoholic drinks they consume, and how often.

It then gives a rating for how risky the person's drinking habits are, ranging from "lower risk" to "high risk of causing harm".

It also offers local help and support for people who may be drinking an amount that could cause harm. Where appropriate, drinkers can request a follow-up call from a specialist alcohol worker based in Islington.

The website comes a few months after a sobering report by NHS Islington warned that as many as one in 20 deaths in the borough could be linked to alcohol. It also reported that Islington has London's highest death rate from liver disease in men.

The recommended alcohol limits are 3-4 units a day for men - not much more than a pint of strong lager or cider - and 2-3 units for women - no more than a 250ml glass of 12% wine.

Regularly drinking more than the recommended limits is linked to health problems including high blood pressure, liver damage and some cancers, as well as an increased risk of injury.

Cllr Janet Burgess, Islington Council's executive member for health and wellbeing said: "We have some of the worst rates in London for alcohol-related death and disease. This isn't just young binge-drinkers, or street drinkers - it also affects people who quietly drink most days in their homes.

"This new website gives residents an easy, two-minute check on what they are drinking and offers local support, in Islington, where people need it."

To take the test visit



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