Hampshire County Council urges football fans to curb drinking during World Cup

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PEOPLE are being urged to watch how much alcohol they drink over the World Cup season.

Hampshire Alcohol Partnership said one in five Hampshire residents drink more than the safe level every week and it is worried that the World Cup could see a rise in drinking.

It said that past World Cups have been associated with increased accidents, leading to more visits to hospital and higher levels of violence and domestic abuse.

Councillor Liz Fairhurst, executive member for public health at Hampshire County Council, said: ‘We want families to enjoy the football this summer, but would encourage everyone, while watching the games, to also watch how much they drink.

‘A pint of strong lager or beer can contain up to three units of alcohol, which matches the number of units recommended per day for men.’

Cllr Fairhurst recommended people go online at hants.gov.uk/drink-less to get advice and to check their units.