Woking residents to get alcohol advice

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By mattcollison | Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 10:56

People in Woking are being urged 'to talk about their drinking' as part of a national alcohol awareness campaign.

The campaign, which runs until Friday (November 23) will see staff from Safer Woking Partnership offering advice to shoppers at Wolsey Place - outside Sainsbury's on Thursday and Friday (November 22-23) from 12noon to 2pm.

Representatives will be promoting a free online Change4Life drinks tracker and smartphone app, and handing out unit calculators and drink diaries to help Woking residents keep track of their alcohol consumption.

This week, the Safer Woking Team will be visiting local youth clubs and local authority care services to deliver their alcohol awareness workshops to young people aged between 11 and 17 years olds.

Camilla Edmiston, community safety officer at Woking Borough Council, said: "National Alcohol Awareness Week represents a good opportunity locally to talk about and take stock of all the issues associated with alcohol and alcohol harm, while at the same time raising awareness about the risks of excessive drinking.

"It's not a case of cutting out alcohol completely, especially as Christmas is approaching as alcohol can still be enjoyed sensibly in moderation. There are simple things people can do to keep track of their alcohol consumption, for example keeping a drink diary for a couple of weeks. This can really make you stop and think about if there's a need to cut back. It is worth having two or three alcohol free days a week."



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