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Drinkers in Wales ignorant of alcohol

25th June 2010

The results of a study by Alcohol Concern Cymru have revealed what experts are calling a "frightening but accurate" picture of the scale of alcohol abuse in Wales.

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The study of 1,000 drinkers in Wales showed that many people did not know what the recommended daily limits were and how many units were in common alcoholic beverages.

Around half the respondents could not say what the recommended daily limit was for male and female drinkers, while over half did not know how many units were in a pint of lager or a glass of wine.

More than eight in 10 of the people surveyed could not state the number of calories in a pint of beer or glass of wine.

75% of people said they were not concerned about the amount they drank and the same percentage did not associate alcohol misuse with cancer.

Clive Wolfendale, the chief executive of Welsh drugs and alcohol charity CAIS, said: "This report paints a frightening but completely accurate picture of the epidemic of alcohol abuse currently afflicting Wales."

"The effects are seen daily in our hospitals and on our streets. Unless urgent measures are taken both to improve awareness and restrict supply, we will face a longer term and very costly health and social crisis," he added.

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