20 October 2009>
People in Caerphilly county borough are being urged to 'rethink your drink' during Alcohol Awareness Week this week.
The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership is supporting the Government's Know Your Limits campaign, which is encouraging people across the country to take stock of how much they are drinking by keeping a drink diary for the week.
The Chief Medical Officer's guidelines on lower-risk drinking recommend men do not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol daily, and women do not drink more than 2-3 units daily.
Drinking above these levels can increase your risk of heart disease, breast cancer, liver disease, stroke and other diseases. Drinking above lower-risk guidelines can also impact on your ability to get a good night's sleep and affect your general day-to-day health.
Cllr Lyn Ackerman, cabinet member for the environment said, "The Safer Caerphilly Community Safety Partnership and associated organisations are fully behind the Know Your Limits campaign because alcohol is one of the leading causes of health problems in Caerphilly county borough. It is so easy to get into a routine of regular drinking which is above the lower-risk guidelines without realising you may be putting your health at risk.
Keeping a drink diary for a week is easy, and can really make you stop and think about whether you ought to be cutting back - there's no better time than Alcohol Awareness Week to give it a go".
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