Are you, or someone close to you, drinking too much? That’s the question posed by Alcohol Concern as they launch their annual Alcohol Awareness Week (19-25 November). Their campaign message is simple - change is possible. Every year, they say, millions of people choose to drink more healthily or to stop drinking alcohol altogether. Too often alcohol consumption is an expectation rather than a choice, and Alcohol Concern says many people are suffering as a result, from their own drinking or from other people’s. There are numerous uncomfortable statistics around, but two from Public Health England stand out -10.8 million adults in England drink at levels that pose some risk to their health, and 1.6 million may have some level of alcohol dependence. Latest guidance from the Chief Medical Officer says drinking any level of alcohol regularly carries a health risk for everyone and, to keep the risk of illness such as cancer and liver disease low, men and women should limit their intake to no more than 14 units a week. For anyone concerned about their drinking, help and support is available including:
Pavilions adult drug and alcohol services for Brighton and Hove, 01273 731900 or 0800 014 9819.
DAWN, the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network, provides support to people of any age, who are looking to reduce or stop their drinking. Call: 0300 303 8677 or
Alcoholics Anonymous run groups for alcohol users with regular meetings across the country. Visit their website at: https://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
Alcohol Concern at: https://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/
Don’tBottleItUp enables you to find out, anonymously, if you’re drinking at harmful levels and to get advice and information about alcohol.