Royal South Hants Minor Injuries Unit
Royal South Hants Minor Injuries Unit

Care UK health centres urging people to rethink their drink

November 11 2016

Nurses at Care UK health centres will be inviting visitors to speak to them as part of the  ‘rethink your drink’ message which is the theme of this year’s national Alcohol Awareness Week (November 14-20).

Dr Marjorie Gillespie is Medical Director for Primary Care at Care UK, the company which, on behalf of the local NHS, runs North Colchester Healthcare Centre in Turner Road.

Dr Gillespie said: “Excess drinking can cause so many health problems so it is very important people are aware of the risks. The theme of this year’s campaign, which is run by Alcohol Concern, follows significant attention of late to the question of what exactly are the risks from alcohol use, particularly at lower risk levels, following the revised consumption guidelines. People need to be aware that you don’t have to be drinking vast amounts for your health to be adversely affected by alcohol. Our nurses will be very happy to talk to anyone who wishes to discuss their alcohol consumption.”

Here are some key statistics concerning alcohol:

  • Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including: mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; high blood pressure, cirrhosis of the liver and depression
  • Alcohol is one of the three biggest lifestyle risk factors for disease and death in the UK, after smoking and obesity
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs
  • In the UK, in 2014 there were 8,697 alcohol-related deaths
  • For every £1 invested in specialist alcohol treatment, £5 is saved on health, welfare and crime costs.

Care UK runs health centres incorporating registered GP practices in Colchester, Brighton, Stoke, Birmingham and Clapham and Stoke Newington in London.