West Sussex residents can keep a check on their weekly alcohol intake and see if they are drinking too much in an easy to use online test.
DontBottleItUp is an online test that helps people work out whether their drinking is risking their health, and provides personalised advice and support. It also gives information on where residents can get face-to-face support and other specialist help, should they need it. The test can be found on the DontBottleItUp website.
Local research in West Sussex shows the motivations of working-age adults in the county to drink routinely can be to reduce stress, as a reward at the end of a busy day, to socialise or as part of their evening routine.
More than one in four people in West Sussex regularly drink more than the recommended levels of alcohol and more than 39,000 residents in the county are deemed as ‘high risk drinkers’ – people that drink at very heavy levels which significantly increases their risk of damaging their health and who may have already caused some harm to their health.
West Sussex County Council Public Health is urging residents to think about how much they drink and understand the impact on their health.
Cabinet Member for Community Wellbeing Christine Field said: “It’s all too easy to go home after a hard day and reward ourselves with an alcoholic drink, and many of us won’t realise the impact this can have on our long-term health and wellbeing.
“DontBottleItUp is so easy to use and takes less than five minutes to complete. It encourages people to think about how much they drink, whether it’s more than they realise, and the risks that might be involved.”
Anyone concerned about their drinking, or that of a friend or relative, can talk to one of the Wellbeing Advisors across the county. They can answer any questions, support people to improve their health, and help direct people to the relevant services. To find out more visit the website and click on the alcohol link.