With the festival season in full force, and Essex’s very own V Festival right around the corner, Essex County Council is encouraging people to know their alcohol limits.
With over 300,000 Essex residents drinking at hazardous or harmful levels and almost four per cent of the county alcohol-dependant, Essex County Council is continuing to support the Don’t Bottle it Up campaign, which raises awareness of alcohol misuse and the dangers associated with drinking.
Just one pint of strong lager or a large glass of wine can contain more than three units of alcohol. With the upper daily unit guideline limit for women 3 units and for men 4 units, festivals can mean a weekend of hazardous levels of drinking.
Cllr Graham Butland, Cabinet Member for Health, said: “With the temptation and availability to drink all weekend, it’s easy to get carried away at a festival. If you’re relying on alcohol to make you feel more sociable or to have fun you may want to seek further support or advice. It is important that people know the dangers associated with drinking, how to stay safe and where to go for help.”
Drugs and alcohol charity Open Road, commissioned by Essex County Council’s Public Health team, will be on site all weekend, to offer support for anyone that is suffering from the effects of alcohol or drugs. Open Road will ensure the individual is looked after and able to recover in a safe environment and that all festival goers enjoy a safer environment.
Joni Thompson, Treatment and Quality Manager at Open Road, said: “Make sure that you don’t drink alcohol on an empty stomach, and keep hydrated throughout the day by making use of the free water stations. Never take a drink from a stranger and keep your own drink in your sight at all times.
“If you’re worried about the effects of alcohol or drugs at any time during the festival you can contact Open Road on 07532 095219.”
As part of the Don’t Bottle it Up campaign, Essex County Council are encouraging people to check how at risk they are via an online tool - dontbottleitup.org.uk