Pharmacy worker and landlord concerned about Christmas drinking

A pub landlord and pharmacy worker in Shropshire is warning people not to over-indulge this Christmas and prevent unnecessary trips to chemists for remedies.

The issue of eating and drinking responsibly is close to Hayley Jeneson’s heart as she works as a technician at The Pharmacy @ Caxton in Oswestry and owns a pub in Shrewsbury.

Mrs Jeneson, whose husband Andrew is licensee of the Four Crosses in Bicton, said: “It is vital that people don’t over-eat or drink too much at any time of the year to help ensure they keep as healthy as possible.

“However, over the festive period there are so many more temptations and it’s often hard to avoid taking that extra mince pie or drink.”

She said: “At our pub we have actually got a salad bar, which is something a lot of restaurants don’t have. It is free with any main meal.

“We always aim to have healthy options on the menu and everything is homemade, we don’t buy anything in.”

She said: “It is very important to try and encourage people to cut down on their alcohol intake and eat healthily as well.

“The festive period is a busy time for the pharmacy with people who have eaten or drunk too much coming in to buy indigestion or hangover remedies.

“If people took heed of the warning and were sensible about their food and alcohol intake then they would have a much more enjoyable time without the negative after-effects.”

Mrs Jeneson has been working at the pharmacy for 18 months and moved to Shropshire from Hertfordshire nearly seven years ago.

She added: “We do regular staff training to make sure staff check people’s ids when they come into the pub and recognise when people have had too much to drink.

“At the pharmacy we would much prefer people to think carefully about their food and drink intake and be responsible for their actions to prevent an unnecessary trip to the chemist.”

The Pharmacy @ Caxton offers a free delivery service and can collect your prescription from any surgery in the Oswestry area and deliver to your home free of charge.

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