Kent County Council is encouraging residents to sign up to Dry January, using the online ‘Know Your Score’ quiz to get experts’ advice direct to their desktop.
As the national Alcohol Concern campaign swings into action, figures show that Kent hospitals treat approximately 20,000 cases of alcohol related illness and injury a year while more than 327,000 people are drinking at dangerous levels which increase their risk of many illnesses and conditions which may well lead to them dying earlier than they should.
KCC Director of Public Health, Andrew Scott-Clark said: “Sadly the number of hospital admissions due to alcohol related harm have risen over the past five years and while many enjoy drinking alcohol sensibly and within recommended guidelines, there are an alarming number of people drinking at dangerous levels. It is vital that they recognise this and take early action because alcohol related harm is largely preventable.”
KCC’s online tool ‘Know Your Score’ encourages Kent residents to find out how much drinking may be affecting their health and relationships, as well as giving potentially life-saving advice from key health professionals www.kent.gov.uk/knowyourscore
Dry January is Alcohol Concern’s annual campaign (since 2012) challenging people to go booze free for 31 days. It is aimed at the social drinker, encouraging them to give up alcohol for a month – it is not a medical detox programme
For more information about signing up for Dry January, go to www.dryjanuary.org.uk