Wakefield Council supports responsible drinking campaign

​Date: 23/06/2014
Ref: PR 4599

Wakefield Council is supporting a summer of sporting events, encouraging residents to get in the spirit of summer and sport whilst enjoying themselves safely.

The Council is also supporting the 'Summer – Sport – Sloshed' campaign aiming to reduce the dangers associated with drinking alcohol.

Evidence suggests that alcohol consumption increases during large sporting events, cases of domestic violence and drink driving are also reported to increase.

Dr Andrew Furber, Director of Public Health, said: "Excessive drinking and summer activities don't mix. Drinking impairs both physical and mental abilities and it also decreases inhibitions which can lead to tragic consequences in the home, on the water, on the road, and in the great outdoors."

"Binge drinking can also have a negative impact on health, it increases the risk of heart attack and puts extra pressure on other organs in the body. It can also cause sickness and dehydration which in turn can lead to other complications. I'd urge anyone planning to drink alcohol this summer to follow the simple advice highlighted in this campaign."

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet member for Adults and Health, said: "Summer is a wonderful time for outdoor activities with family and friends. For many people, barbecues, beer gardens, sporting gatherings and visits to the park will include drinking alcohol. Sporting events are a great opportunity for social interaction and if alcohol is to play a part in this then my advice would be to enjoy it safely."

The campaign will run until August and offers practical health advice including; pacing yourself, avoid mixing, stay hydrated and keep count. More information about the campaign can be found at www.wakefield.gov.uk/drinkresponsibly

For residents worried about their own, or someone else's drinking, the best place to start is by visiting their GP. NHS Choices also offer an online drinking self-assessment tool to see if drinking habits are within recommended levels at www.nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol