At-home drinkers in Swindon warned as new study says they're risking their health

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A NEW survey has suggested many adults are not taking notice of alcohol awareness campaigns and are failing to keep track of their weekly intake.

The results show that 71 per cent of adults keep no record of the number of units they drink in a week.

The survey was carried out by administration firm Zolfo Cooper and asked 2,000 people whether they kept an eye on their levels of consumption.

It found men were even less likely than women to do so.

This comes on the back of recent figures showing the number of binge drinkers in Swindon has risen to 24,400.

Swindon GP Dr Peter Swinyard says there shouldbe a change in focus in alcohol awareness campaigns.

He said: “Rather than having people take note every time they have a drink, they should be aware when they are having too much.

“For most people alcohol in moderation is not a problem. It is when they start to consume large amounts every day or drink very heavily in one night that it becomes an issue.

“I had a patient who was only drinking one night a week but he would drink almost 100 units.

“We need to make sure they know where to turn.”

Dr Swinyard also believes the main cause for concern is not necessarily the younger generation but those who are older and regularly drink at home every night.

“There are quite a few in this age category who don’t go out but sit at home and have a drink,” he said.

“When at home, a poured glass of wine is often much bigger than one served in the pubs and spirits may be triple of what you would get out.

“People do not realise what they are taking and the damage they are doing. More of a focus should be on educating these people.”

Cherry Jones, Swindon Council’s Acting Director of Public Health, said: “Regularly drinking over the recommended alcohol guidelines can lead to serious health problems, from liver damage to a greater risk of getting cancer or a heart attack.

“Drinking issues can sneak up on people – the odd glass in the evening can quickly become two or three regular glasses, most evenings. Alcohol also contains calories, and can therefore lead to weight gain.

“During this festive time we are encouraging people to think about the amount they are consuming and asking them to try and cut down.

“Reducing alcohol consumption will mean a reduced risk to your health, and you could look better, feel better and have more cash.”

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12:12am Sat 14 Dec 13

Phantom Poster says...

So what better time to lecture people than the 1.5 months when they just don't care and let their hair down!
So what better time to lecture people than the 1.5 months when they just don't care and let their hair down! Phantom Poster

11:19am Sat 14 Dec 13

Oik1 says...

"The results show that 71 per cent of adults keep no record of the number of units they drink in a week."
Well of course they don't, that's like asking smokers "how many fags do you smoke a week"? Drivers, how many litres of fuel do you use in a week? The answer is nearly always "erm about".
More and more people are having a drink in the privacy of their own homes, due to pub prices, no smoking in pubs or just because they want to, big brother, the nanny state really does need to back off, very few people are unaware of the dangers, it's a choice that they are making to suit themselves.
And as for this,
“People do not realise what they are taking and the damage they are doing. More of a focus should be on educating these people.”
Perhaps people are smarter than you give them credit for, after all that's why they don't feel the need to note down how much they drink.
"The results show that 71 per cent of adults keep no record of the number of units they drink in a week." Well of course they don't, that's like asking smokers "how many fags do you smoke a week"? Drivers, how many litres of fuel do you use in a week? The answer is nearly always "erm about". More and more people are having a drink in the privacy of their own homes, due to pub prices, no smoking in pubs or just because they want to, big brother, the nanny state really does need to back off, very few people are unaware of the dangers, it's a choice that they are making to suit themselves. And as for this, “People do not realise what they are taking and the damage they are doing. More of a focus should be on educating these people.” Perhaps people are smarter than you give them credit for, after all that's why they don't feel the need to note down how much they drink. Oik1

4:21pm Sat 14 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

Oik1 wrote:
"The results show that 71 per cent of adults keep no record of the number of units they drink in a week."
Well of course they don't, that's like asking smokers "how many fags do you smoke a week"? Drivers, how many litres of fuel do you use in a week? The answer is nearly always "erm about".
More and more people are having a drink in the privacy of their own homes, due to pub prices, no smoking in pubs or just because they want to, big brother, the nanny state really does need to back off, very few people are unaware of the dangers, it's a choice that they are making to suit themselves.
And as for this,
“People do not realise what they are taking and the damage they are doing. More of a focus should be on educating these people.”
Perhaps people are smarter than you give them credit for, after all that's why they don't feel the need to note down how much they drink.
I think its more likely they just dont care. And yes agree its their choice, lets just hope they dont moan when they get ill or they put on weight or have no money to pay the rent/mortgage as two work colleagues dont each month and then complain about the letters they get from the bank. I am all for freedom of choice, the problem is that no one either knows or cares or both the responsibilities that go with rights. Still we need a bit of natural selection as the population keeps growing.
[quote][p][bold]Oik1[/bold] wrote: "The results show that 71 per cent of adults keep no record of the number of units they drink in a week." Well of course they don't, that's like asking smokers "how many fags do you smoke a week"? Drivers, how many litres of fuel do you use in a week? The answer is nearly always "erm about". More and more people are having a drink in the privacy of their own homes, due to pub prices, no smoking in pubs or just because they want to, big brother, the nanny state really does need to back off, very few people are unaware of the dangers, it's a choice that they are making to suit themselves. And as for this, “People do not realise what they are taking and the damage they are doing. More of a focus should be on educating these people.” Perhaps people are smarter than you give them credit for, after all that's why they don't feel the need to note down how much they drink.[/p][/quote]I think its more likely they just dont care. And yes agree its their choice, lets just hope they dont moan when they get ill or they put on weight or have no money to pay the rent/mortgage as two work colleagues dont each month and then complain about the letters they get from the bank. I am all for freedom of choice, the problem is that no one either knows or cares or both the responsibilities that go with rights. Still we need a bit of natural selection as the population keeps growing. house on the hill

4:33pm Sat 14 Dec 13

twasadawf says...

Never met a fat alcoholic, if you drink enough of the stuff you will find yourself in a place you don't want to be ,so be sensible and have a great christmas
Never met a fat alcoholic, if you drink enough of the stuff you will find yourself in a place you don't want to be ,so be sensible and have a great christmas twasadawf

4:36pm Sat 14 Dec 13

Hangbrownhigh says...

Could some kind person explain to me what a unit is and how it came about? I have heard it was "dreamt up" by Whitehall beaurocats and MP's. This is not meant to denigfrate the advise the Peter Swinyard gives,
Could some kind person explain to me what a unit is and how it came about? I have heard it was "dreamt up" by Whitehall beaurocats and MP's. This is not meant to denigfrate the advise the Peter Swinyard gives, Hangbrownhigh

5:19pm Sat 14 Dec 13

dukeofM4 says...

100 units in one night? Couldn't bear the thought of the hangover. Drinking at home is a Government manufactured problem. The pubs have to pay high business rates, duty, taxes, and wages which filters down to the price of a pint.

At £3.50+ a pint, drinking out is no longer a cheap sport. Spending £20 in the pub is nothing. If people can't afford going out than down to ASDA for the £1.25 lager and save money.
100 units in one night? Couldn't bear the thought of the hangover. Drinking at home is a Government manufactured problem. The pubs have to pay high business rates, duty, taxes, and wages which filters down to the price of a pint. At £3.50+ a pint, drinking out is no longer a cheap sport. Spending £20 in the pub is nothing. If people can't afford going out than down to ASDA for the £1.25 lager and save money. dukeofM4

8:00pm Sat 14 Dec 13

house on the hill says...

dukeofM4 wrote:
100 units in one night? Couldn't bear the thought of the hangover. Drinking at home is a Government manufactured problem. The pubs have to pay high business rates, duty, taxes, and wages which filters down to the price of a pint.

At £3.50+ a pint, drinking out is no longer a cheap sport. Spending £20 in the pub is nothing. If people can't afford going out than down to ASDA for the £1.25 lager and save money.
Or save even more money and dont drink at all and have great holidays and nicer cars!
[quote][p][bold]dukeofM4[/bold] wrote: 100 units in one night? Couldn't bear the thought of the hangover. Drinking at home is a Government manufactured problem. The pubs have to pay high business rates, duty, taxes, and wages which filters down to the price of a pint. At £3.50+ a pint, drinking out is no longer a cheap sport. Spending £20 in the pub is nothing. If people can't afford going out than down to ASDA for the £1.25 lager and save money.[/p][/quote]Or save even more money and dont drink at all and have great holidays and nicer cars! house on the hill

11:43am Sun 15 Dec 13

RichardR1 says...

100 units is nearly 4 bottles of standard vodka, gin or whiskey, sounds a bit fanciful to me.
100 units is nearly 4 bottles of standard vodka, gin or whiskey, sounds a bit fanciful to me. RichardR1

9:50am Mon 16 Dec 13

PJC says...

RichardR1 wrote:
100 units is nearly 4 bottles of standard vodka, gin or whiskey, sounds a bit fanciful to me.
Yes, I agree, surely that would kill you in a very short time?!
[quote][p][bold]RichardR1[/bold] wrote: 100 units is nearly 4 bottles of standard vodka, gin or whiskey, sounds a bit fanciful to me.[/p][/quote]Yes, I agree, surely that would kill you in a very short time?! PJC

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