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Drinkers totally unaware of the true strength of alcohol

WITH MPs calling for clearer guidelines on drinking, Solihull Hospital has warned that many residents do not realise the strength of alcoholic drinks.

WITH MPs calling for clearer guidelines on drinking, Solihull Hospital has warned that many residents do not realise the strength of alcoholic drinks.

On Monday, drinkers were urged to keep at least two days a week alcohol free while the House of Commons science and technology committee found more help is needed to let people understand what a unit of alcohol actually looks like, so they can have an idea of how many units they are drinking.

A recent test at Solihull hospital asked patients and visitors to guess how many alcoholic units were in a range of drinks.

Organiser, senior nurse practitioner Sharon Fleming, said: “We had over 70 people take the test and no-one got them right.

“Most underestimated how strong the drinks were and were even more shocked to learn how much equals one unit.

“We see a lot of patients suffering from the effects of alcohol, especially at this time of year and it is evident that the majority of people underestimate the amount of units they consume, especially people who drink alcohol at home.”

New government recommendations are now up to 21 units a week for men, and 14 for women, with two or three days off drinking a week.

 

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