Health boss issues reminder about drinking

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WITH people gearing up to celebrate seeing in the new year, health bosses are reminding people to keep track of how much they’re drinking.

Dr Paul Edmondson-Jones, director of public health in Portsmouth, said: ‘Many of us like to have a sociable drink but it can be really easy to lose track of how much you’ve drunk.

‘Binge drinking is a major issue for the NHS and the police – especially during the festive period.

‘Alcohol can do far more damage than give you a hangover.

‘Being drunk can mean you lose your inhibitions and put yourself in dangerous situations that you wouldn’t normally put yourself in.

‘This can result in a trip to the hospital or police station, which isn’t the way most people want to end their night out.’

A range of services is offered by the NHS to anyone who needs advice, including free condoms and emergency contraception.

For more information on responsible drinking visit nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol.