According to the government, drinking “just a little more than they should” could put individuals at an increased risk of developing serious illnesses such as heart disease, stroke and even cancer.
In an attempt to try and make people think twice before pouring out that extra half glass of wine or topping up their beer, a TV advertising campaign is being introduced to reinforce the health risks of exceeding daily limits – even by a small amount.
The Change4Life campaign warns that frequently drinking two pints of beer or two glasses of wine per day can triple the risk of mouth cancer as well as doubling the risk of high blood pressure.
In addition to the TV campaign, the government have also released figures that provide an insight into public understanding of alcohol risks. According to the poll of 2,100 people – 85% of those questioned did not know that drinking could increase the risk of breast cancer development, 66% were unaware it could increase bowel cancer risk and 37% did not know it reduces fertility.
As well as the TV advertisement, the Change4life campaign also have a website offering simple tips to help you drink less – including having a certain number of alcohol free days each week and using small glasses to drink from.
According to associate medical director at the British Heart Foundation, Dr Mike Knapton, there is no reason that individuals can’t enjoy their favourite tipple. However, they should also be aware of the potential health risks when one glass turns into two or three on a regular basis.
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