Concerned about alcohol?
With Christmas drawing ever nearer, lots of us will be enjoying a drink with friends and family…but do you know the harm too much can cause?
Gloucestershire County Council is joining other authorities around the country to support Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 (13th to 19th November).
The campaign is lead by Alcohol Concern, a national charity which aims to raise awareness of the harmful impact alcohol can have on families.
There are currently over ten million people in England drinking at levels which increases risk to their health. Many don’t realise that they are drinking to excess, and the long term impacts can be devastating.
Harmful drinking is the single biggest risk factor for death, ill-health and disability among 15-49 year-olds in the UK, and the fifth biggest risk factor across all ages. In Gloucestershire, the county council commissions two support services that help residents deal with their alcohol intake, be that to tackle addiction or make lifestyle changes to improve overall health.
CGL (change, grow, live) Gloucestershire is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults, families, carers and others that may be affected by the impact of alcohol dependence. Since April they have provided structured treatment for 515 residents and supported many more.
CGL and other organisations will have a stand at Gloucestershire Royal Hospital on Monday and Thursday to raise awareness about alcohol misuse. A number of pharmacies will also be offering advice for residents concerned about their drinking.
If you are worried that you may be drinking too much or if you don’t understand how much you are drinking at the moment then Healthy Lifestyles Gloucestershire can help. By making small and sustainable changes to your lifestyle, you can help to reduce your intake of alcohol.
Cllr Tim Harman, cabinet member for public health, said: “We fully support Alcohol Concern’s aim to support families who are struggling to cope with the effect of harmful drinking on their loved ones.
“Our services are there for residents to get the help they need to help them reduce their alcohol intake.”
For more information on the support available in Gloucestershire, please visit https://www.changegrowlive.org/content/cgl-gloucestershire or go to https://www.hlsglos.org/.
For more information on the campaign, visit: www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/alcohol-awareness-week