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Don’t bottle it up

Now the trees are up, and the Christmas jumpers are making an appearance, festive tipples have started to flow.

While we want you to have a Merry Christmas North Essex Partnership (NEP) with Essex County Council (ECC) want you to stay safe and healthy during this year’s festivities. With over 300,000 Essex residents drinking at hazardous or harmful levels and almost 4% of the county alcohol dependent we are urging residents to think before they drink this Christmas.

If you are worried about your drinking, take a look at ECC’s online tool Don’t bottle it up (DBIU). It’s an innovative alcohol screening, advice, intervention and referral website. You can find out if your drinking is at a risky level, make a personalised plan to reduce your drinking and find local support.

Check your risk level by visiting: https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/

Some handy tips:

Buy your own drinks
It’s normal to drink in a round with your friends, but if you stick to buying your own drinks you’ll probably drink and spend less.

Don’t go hungry
When you drink on an empty stomach you’ll have no food to slow the absorption of alcohol.  Drinking can suppress the feeling of hunger so make sure you’ve eaten enough during the day.

Have a lower-strength drink
No need to tell anyone if you order a lower strength alcohol.

Throw in some non-alcoholic drinks
Alcohol dehydrates your body. Be sure to drink non-alcoholic drinks before and in between alcoholic drinks.

Make plans for the next morning
If you’ve got someone relying on you the next morning you’ll have a real reason not to drink too much. Plan in breakfast or an exercise session with a friend and don’t let them down.

We are also supporting Essex Police’s Christmas Drink and Drug Drive Campaign –https://www.essex.police.uk/news/news-and-features/2016/12dec/christmas-anti-drink-and-drug-driving-campaign/