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Easingwold's Drinking Culture in the Spotlight


5:11pm 29th November 2013

Hambleton’s drinking culture has come under the spotlight as part of a national campaign to cut the culture of excessive drinking.

Last week’s national Alcohol Awareness campaign saw the District Council’s environmental health team start urging local residents to send their views and comments on the increase in drinking and the risks to health it brings with it.

“This years theme ‘Conversations about Alcohol’ aims to get people thinking about alcohol, how it affects them as individuals, communities and society,” said Environmental Health Manager, Philip Mepham.

“By encouraging people to have the right conversations about alcohol, changes could be made to our relationship with alcohol.   Locally we have the opportunity to consider how this culture is affecting the health of people, especially young people, and therefore our economic success.”

He said the health profile of the Hambleton district shows that one of the three highest priorities in the health of residents is the increasing and high risk drinking of alcohol. Drinking too much alcohol contributes to a number of health problems - ranging from liver damage to high blood pressure or obesity.   And the consumption of alcohol by young people includes the added risks of brain damage, alcohol dependence and alcohol related deaths.

Local people are encouraged to take part in this ‘conversation’ by sending comments to Philip Mepham at Hambleton District Council, Civic Centre, Stone Cross, Northallerton, DL6 2UU or email;  Philip.mepham@richmondshire.gov.uk

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