With the recent unprecedented levels of hot weather, Essex County Council’s (ECC) Public Health team is encouraging residents to have fun in the sun but know their limits when it comes to alcohol.
The team is aiming to highlight the signs of risky drinking, including the associated dangers of alcohol abuse throughout the summer.
Local people are encouraged to take part in a short online quiz – ‘Don’t Bottle It Up’ -to find out how risky their drinking habits are. The quiz will also direct them to relevant support and services available locally.
Cllr John Spence, ECC’s Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said: “With the exceptional levels of hot weather we have been experiencing in Essex, summer is a great time of year to get together with friends and family and have fun in the sun.
“Barbecues and social gatherings usually involve alcohol and it’s sometimes easy to forget how much you’re drinking when you’re out enjoying the sun together. This can lead to more serious situations if people end up drinking beyond their limits.
“I’d urge everyone to know their limits this summer. If you are worried your drinking habits may be risky, or you’re concerned about someone you know, don’t bottle it up and take the free online test.”
Ben Hughes, Head of Wellbeing and Public Health, added: “The Don’t Bottle It Up tool is a quick and easy way for people to see if their drinking is risky. We know alcohol-related incidents increase over the summer months, so we’re keen to highlight the dangers and support residents to know their limits.
“With the temptation to drink alcohol when out in the sun with friends, it’s easy to get carried away and end up drinking beyond your limits. If you’re also relying on alcohol to make you feel more sociable or to have fun, you may want to seek further support or advice.
“It’s important that people know the dangers associated with drinking, how to stay safe and where to go for help.”
To take the Alcohol test and find local support.