Drinkers 'underestimate their alcohol consumption'

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Drinkers underestimate their alcohol intake Drinkers underestimate their alcohol intake

Bradford health authorities are aiming to tackle alcohol problems as a new NHS survey reveals people underestimate how much they drink.

The survey, released today by the Department of Health, claims 31 per cent of people living in Yorkshire and Humber drink above the recommended amount and 28 per cent of people think they drink more than the weekly guidelines.

The snapshot of the nation’s drinking habits coincides with the start of this year’s Change4life TV advertising campaign to raise awareness of the harms of regularly drinking over the guidelines.

Bradford City Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said tackling alcohol-related issues was its top priority and the groups for Bradford, Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven are investing more than £1 million in new specialist health support.

Dr Graham Sanderson, alcohol commissioning lead for GPs in Bradford, said: “I am surprised the percentage is so small. In Bradford we don’t just look at reducing the level of consumption, we look at helping people with the physical and mental health problems that go with alcohol misuse.

“For every £1 invested in preventative services of alcohol misuse saves the NHS £5.”

Research shows across the country 80 per cent of those that drink too much acknowledge the health risks but think of themselves at most as moderate drinkers. More than 60 per cent of these drinkers have no intention of cutting down.

To get a picture of drinking habits, the Change4Life team asked 19 individuals to keep a detailed drinks diary for two weeks. The findings show those that took part were drinking on average the equivalent of an extra large glass of wine each day, or 40 per cent more that they thought.

Councillor Mike Gibbons, chair of Bradford health overview and scrutiny committee, said: “I think it is quite concerning that people are not accurately calculating just how much they are drinking and this is having severe effects on people’s health and well being.

“It is difficult in some cases, particularly when eating out, to measure the strength of the drinks including certain wines and beers, but it is always advisable to be cautious and it is absolutely necessary to stay within the guidelines if driving or operating machinery.”

Visit nhs.uk/Change4life for tips on how to cut down.

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11:21am Thu 7 Feb 13

Albion. says...

RDAs in respect of alcohol consumption or anything else are quite misleading, they can't take into account different constitutions, levels of fitness and health records, they are basically a generalisation. When speaking to various doctors and nurses about this, they usually say that "these are the presented figures and we have to abide by them". Obviously over-consumption of anything has risks.
RDAs in respect of alcohol consumption or anything else are quite misleading, they can't take into account different constitutions, levels of fitness and health records, they are basically a generalisation. When speaking to various doctors and nurses about this, they usually say that "these are the presented figures and we have to abide by them". Obviously over-consumption of anything has risks. Albion.
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11:26am Thu 7 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

I don't underestimate my drinking, I have a panic attack when paying for a pint. The government has succeeded in making me think long and hard about having any social inclusion whatsoever. But the government is raking it in with a third of your pint being tax. Keep pricing people out of the pubs so they can drink at home with their kids and set an example for them. I only ever drink to socialise and never at home. Keep upping them prices, my dealer loves you.
I don't underestimate my drinking, I have a panic attack when paying for a pint. The government has succeeded in making me think long and hard about having any social inclusion whatsoever. But the government is raking it in with a third of your pint being tax. Keep pricing people out of the pubs so they can drink at home with their kids and set an example for them. I only ever drink to socialise and never at home. Keep upping them prices, my dealer loves you. RollandSmoke
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2:16pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Commonsensefirst says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
I don't underestimate my drinking, I have a panic attack when paying for a pint. The government has succeeded in making me think long and hard about having any social inclusion whatsoever. But the government is raking it in with a third of your pint being tax. Keep pricing people out of the pubs so they can drink at home with their kids and set an example for them. I only ever drink to socialise and never at home. Keep upping them prices, my dealer loves you.
Exactly!
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: I don't underestimate my drinking, I have a panic attack when paying for a pint. The government has succeeded in making me think long and hard about having any social inclusion whatsoever. But the government is raking it in with a third of your pint being tax. Keep pricing people out of the pubs so they can drink at home with their kids and set an example for them. I only ever drink to socialise and never at home. Keep upping them prices, my dealer loves you.[/p][/quote]Exactly! Commonsensefirst
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2:35pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Hockens Hey says...

Funny how these various groups never mention the fact that the whole alcohol unit system was just made up and the recommended 'limits' plucked from thin air.
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Also odd that these people never mention that revenue raised from alcohol is around £14bn whilst they claim the cost of 'alcohol related harm' (which is a highly ambiguous to start with) to the NHS is around £3bn.
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I wonder how much we're paying these people to keep sticking there noses into our business and producing these pointless reports?
Funny how these various groups never mention the fact that the whole alcohol unit system was just made up and the recommended 'limits' plucked from thin air. . Also odd that these people never mention that revenue raised from alcohol is around £14bn whilst they claim the cost of 'alcohol related harm' (which is a highly ambiguous to start with) to the NHS is around £3bn. . I wonder how much we're paying these people to keep sticking there noses into our business and producing these pointless reports? Hockens Hey
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5:53pm Thu 7 Feb 13

webess says...

The health zealots have virtually driven smoking into an underground activity - it now looks like they're setting their sights on drinking...
The health zealots have virtually driven smoking into an underground activity - it now looks like they're setting their sights on drinking... webess
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7:33pm Thu 7 Feb 13

collos25 says...

Why not if alcoholic drinks were discovered today they would never get a licence to be produced.Its pure poison no matter what you drink or how much or how little.
Why not if alcoholic drinks were discovered today they would never get a licence to be produced.Its pure poison no matter what you drink or how much or how little. collos25
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7:52pm Thu 7 Feb 13

RollandSmoke says...

The thing is these demonisation projects work because we as a nation love looking down our noses at each other and if you can say "look at these extreme cases" often enough you get people to make generalisations where they associate the word drinker with a raging alcoholic. It works so well that you can, with a little effort, get people to turn on each other for a multitude of reasons say an unemployed person with a scrounger or a muslim with a terrorist and they will themselves accept conditions being imposed upon them just to spite the people that they are so much better than.
The thing is these demonisation projects work because we as a nation love looking down our noses at each other and if you can say "look at these extreme cases" often enough you get people to make generalisations where they associate the word drinker with a raging alcoholic. It works so well that you can, with a little effort, get people to turn on each other for a multitude of reasons say an unemployed person with a scrounger or a muslim with a terrorist and they will themselves accept conditions being imposed upon them just to spite the people that they are so much better than. RollandSmoke
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8:17pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Outraged English Subject says...

collos25 wrote:
Why not if alcoholic drinks were discovered today they would never get a licence to be produced.Its pure poison no matter what you drink or how much or how little.
Precisely
[quote][p][bold]collos25[/bold] wrote: Why not if alcoholic drinks were discovered today they would never get a licence to be produced.Its pure poison no matter what you drink or how much or how little.[/p][/quote]Precisely Outraged English Subject
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10:28pm Thu 7 Feb 13

Hockens Hey says...

Simple solution.
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If you don't want to drink alcohol, don't drink alcohol.
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Just leave the rest of us to enjoy this country's superb range of traditional brews in peace.
Simple solution. . If you don't want to drink alcohol, don't drink alcohol. . Just leave the rest of us to enjoy this country's superb range of traditional brews in peace. Hockens Hey
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