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Alcohol consumption rises on holiday

28th August 2009

A new survey has suggested that English people consume on average eight alcoholic drinks a day when they go away on holiday.


As part of the Know Your Limits campaign, the Department of Health questioned 3,500 adults and found that many were drinking 80 drinks over the course of their break, or the equivalent of 200 units of alcohol.

However, while a quarter acknowledged they consumed three times more than normal while away on vacation, once they return home up to 70% said they planned to cut back and turn September into the "new January".

As part of cutting back, 20% intended to take two days off drinking a week, 16% said they were going to stop drinking altogether between Monday and Thursday and 22% planned to generally go out less while 12% planned a completely dry month.

Public health minister Gillian Merron said it was all too easy to slip into the habit of drinking too much on holiday.

But she added: "We should try to use September as the new January and make a pledge to be a little more healthy. Sticking within the NHS' recommended daily limits means you reduce your risk of serious conditions such as liver disease, cancer and stroke."

The NHS guidelines advise no more than two to three units a day for women or three to four units for men, though the government believes that 10 million adults regularly go over those daily limits, increasing their risk of heart disease, stroke and cancers.


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