FREE liver screenings are being offered to Portsmouth residents as part of an alcohol awareness campaign.
Portsmouth City Council, along with Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust, are offering the tests to people aged 18 and over, to see if they are at risk of developing liver disease.
As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs from November 18, to November 22, liver specialists will be under the big screen in Guildhall Square, on the Monday and Tuesday, from 11am to 4.30pm.
Dr Richard Aspinall, consultant hepatologist at Queen Alexandra Hospital, said: ‘It’s vital to look after your liver. If you don’t look after your liver, it can’t look after you.
‘It can take years for symptoms of liver disease to show, so it’s important to come along to the Love Your Liver event to see if you are at-risk of liver disease.
‘One easy step to reduce the chances of getting liver disease is to have two or three alcohol-free days a week. So I would recommend taking a regular break from alcohol each week and doing regular exercise.’
If people need help or advice about drinking, then call (023) 9284 1753, or visit saferportsmouth.org.uk/loveyourliver