Dangers of drinking too much

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Leeds Supermarket staff have been taking part in a new campaign that’s raising awareness of the effects of drinking drinking alcohol excessively.

A team from Forward Leeds, the city’s new alcohol and drug service, visited Asda House on Monday to promote the Like My Limit campaign.

Staff at Asda tried on beer goggles, which simulate drunkenness, and tried to play darts and operate remote controlled cars to show the effects that drinking excess alcohol can have. Matthew Spencer, from Forward Leeds, said: “As funny as it is to watch your colleagues and friends stumble around with silly goggles on, there is a serious message behind the laughter: make sure you look after yourself when celebrating, especially over the festive period.

“Accident and Emergency departments in Leeds see a five-fold increase in admissions during the Christmas period and a large amount of these can be attributed to alcohol-related matters.”

The service’s Early Intervention and Prevention team also set up a stall at the supermarket’s offices, off Great Wilson Street, to give advice to Asda employees about the risks of excess alcohol, the number of calories different types of alcohol has, how many alcohol units are in different drinks and where support can be found.

Staff were also given information and advice about how to reduce the harm that can be caused by alcohol and drugs.

John Hague, Asda leadership and engagement manager, said: “The event highlighted the risks and consequences of drinking excessively in a really interactive way.

“At a time of year when people are going out to celebrate Christmas, this was an ideal opportunity to educate our colleagues about responsible drinking to help them stay safe over the festive period.”