Dr Sarah Jarvis is a member of the medical advisory panel for Drinkaware and is a GP. She contributes regularly to the BBC Radio 2’s Jeremy Vine programme and The One Show.
Protecting children from alcohol-related harm is everyone’s responsibility. That means we all have a role to play, whether as parents, teachers or relatives, in bringing children up with a responsible attitude towards alcohol. We know from our research at Drinkaware that children will go to their parents first for information and advice on drinking. We encourage parents to talk to their children about alcohol without waiting for them to bring the subject up, having open, honest and informed discussions. We help people do this by providing information and advice on our website.
17 million sick days are taken in the UK every year due to alcohol and around 200,000 people turn up to work every day with a hangover. Globally, alcohol is the world’s number one risk factor for ill-health and premature death amongst the 25-59 year old age group, the core of the working age population.
Whilst we can talk generally about cutting back on smoking, obesity and exercise is it still a bit taboo to tackle the thorny issue of alcohol with your workforce without sounding like you’re casting judgement?
Mark, 52, from Surrey is a petrol tanker driver, working a mix of day and night shifts driving across the South of England. He lives with his girlfriend and manages to fit a busy social life around his shift work, going out most weekends with friends.
“The thought of my first skiing holiday in more than ten years was what motivated me to try the “Have a little less, feel a lot better” challenge. Though I feel pretty healthy, I want to lose weight and get fitter so I can really enjoy being up in the mountains. I knew cutting down on my drinking in the week was one way to lose a few pounds.
This blog was written by Dean, who is cutting back on his drinking as a part of our ‘Have a little less, feel a lot better campaign.’ Dean, 51, is a painter and decorator and lives with his wife, three children and their dog in Chiswick.
“When I started out on the “Have a little less, feel a lot better” challenge I had no idea how tough I’d find it to cut down on my drinking at home.
Deep down I knew I should drink less. I’m not getting any younger and once you hit your fifties you start to become a bit more health-conscious, especially when you have a family to support and a business to run.