Published: Thursday, 1st February 2018
Understand your alcohol intake and what it means for your health by using the Royal Borough of Greenwich's new free online tool.
Based on your answers to a few simple questions, it offers personalised advice about your alcohol consumption, tips on how to cut down and advice on how to access free help. It can also be used to make a direct referral for extra support.
Greenwich Alcohol Strategy
The online tool ties into the Greenwich Alcohol Strategy, a multi-agency approach which aims to reduce alcohol harm and consumption in the Borough.
A quarter of adults in Greenwich drink above the current NHS guidelines of two to three units a day, with 27,000 adults regularly consuming twice the daily limit in one sitting.
Regularly drinking above the NHS guidelines increases your risk of serious health problems such as liver disease, Type II diabetes, high blood pressure and cancer. It also increases your risk of having a heart attack or stroke.
Future plans for the Greenwich Alcohol Strategy include asking shopkeepers that sell alcohol to voluntarily curb early morning and late night sales.
'Try out our new confidential online tool'
Councillor David Gardner, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: "Everyone knows that drinking too much is bad for your health but it's not always easy to work out whether your intake falls within NHS guidelines.
"I'd recommend all residents try out our new confidential online tool - it's a quick and convenient way to assess your drinking habits and make changes for the better."