NHS Kirklees urges parents urged to think about their drinking
A DRUNKEN row was played out for shoppers to encourage them to think about their drinking.
Pedestrians on New Street looked on as a street theatre performance highlighted the damaging effects of excessive drinking.
The short play was arranged by NHS Kirklees to mark the launch of its Think About Your Drinking campaign.
Health chiefs say parents should consider how their drinking affects their children and family.
They say parents who drink regularly or drink too much in one sitting can end up behaving differently around their children, such as having a short temper, being forgetful or not having the energy to deal with day-to-day tasks.
The street theatre performance saw a couple arguing about their social lives and how boozing was impacting on their kids.
As people looked on Kirklees officials handed out fliers with tips about recognising the symptoms of over indulging.
The fliers had a scratch card quiz on one side to help people identify if they were over-doing it and also included tips on how to prevent hangovers and avoid headaches.
Dr Judith Hooper, director of public health for NHS Kirklees and Kirklees Council, said: “This campaign is an important way to raise the issues around drinking and encourage parents to think about their drinking habits.
“Many believe that regularly having a few glasses of wine or a couple of pints is fine.
“The reality is that not only can it increase the risks to health but it can also affect the way parents deal with everyday life and in particular their children.
“Research shows that children learn about drinking from their parents and family from a young age, and notice what is being drunk and how much.
“Put simply, the more you drink as a parent, the more likely it is that your children will drink too.
There’s more about the alcohol campaign on www.thinkaboutyourdrinking.com or join the drink debate at Facebook.com/boozeandviews