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Working together for Alcohol Awareness Week

Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan
Raising awareness: At Tesco in Cardigan

AS PART of Alcohol Awareness Week, police officers raised awareness of alcohol abuse and the dangers of drink-driving in Ceredigion.

This year’s theme is ‘Let’s talk about drinking’ and Alcohol Awareness and Road Safety Officers from Ceredigion County Council and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Services recently took the message to Tesco in Cardigan.

They used replica drinks and drink measures to illustrate how alcohol can affect drivers, and raised awareness of non-alcoholic cocktails to promote safer alternatives. There’s compelling evidence to show that drinking over the recommended limits every day or on most days increases the risk of liver disease. Making some simple adjustments to the way you drink can make a difference.

Rhodri Evans, Ceredigion County Council Cabinet Member for Lifestyle Services said: “Events like this help promote the safe use of alcohol while making people aware of the negative impact that alcohol misuse can have on individuals, families and communities in Ceredigion.”

The new recommended guidelines state that men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week, which is the equivalent of a bottle and a half of wine over the course of a week. Guidance also states that it’s best not to “save up units” and drink them all in one go and by having at least 2 alcohol-free days a week the risk of liver disease and other diseases such as cancer and stroke is substantially reduced.

Charlotte Leonard, Community Safety Assistant of Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service said: “We urge all motorists to know the dangers of drink-driving. There is no failsafe guide as to how much you can drink and still drive safely, and you could still be over the limit the morning after. If you are out drinking alcohol, you should make arrangements to get home safely, whether that is using a designated driver, a taxi or public transport.”

For more ideas and to work out how much you’re drinking, visit www.change4lifewales.org.uk then click on ‘adults’. Don’t let alcohol take control of your life, catch it out and cut back.

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