Are you concerned about how much alcohol you or a member of your family is drinking?
It’s Alcohol Awareness Week (13 – 19 November 2017) and organisations in Plymouth are working together to make people aware of the support that is available locally, for people with alcohol issues and their families. In Plymouth, according to the latest figures released by Public Health England, there are around 3320 alcohol dependent adults.
In the UK, harmful drinking is the 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.
Plymouth City Council is working with partners including One You Plymouth, Hamoaze House, The Harbour Centre, and with the national charity Alcohol Concern to promote the campaign. Search the hashtag #AAWeekPlym on social media to find out more and support the campaign.
Councillor Lynda Bowyer, Cabinet Member for Health and Adult Social Care for Plymouth City Council, said: “We’re using Alcohol Awareness Week this year to start a conversation around harmful drinking to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families.
“Harmful drinking can cause significant issues not only for the alcohol user, but also members of their family in the form of health problems, financial worries, relationship breakdown and parenting difficulties. Alcohol misuse is also one of the areas we aim to tackle under our Thrive Plymouth initiative.
“The most important message is – there is help available here in Plymouth and you are not alone.”
Events and other support are available throughout the week include:
- Monday mornings 10am – 12pm: Coffee drop in at Hamoaze House – open to any affected family, close friend, neighbour or others who are concerned about a loved one’s drinking. Call 01752 566100 to find out more.
- Tuesday evenings, 5.30pm – 8.30pm at Hamoaze House – facilitated support group where affected family, friends, neighbours or others can come and meet other members of the group and understand they are not alone.
- Tuesday 14 November, 4pm to 6pm: Plymouth Life Centre, 40 Mayflower Drive, Plymouth, PL6 8TB awareness event – all are welcome.
- Friday 17 November, 10.30am to 2pm at Asda, Leypark Drive, Plymouth PL6 8TB – One You Plymouth are hosting a Know Your Measurements event with information and support for people with alcohol issues and their families.
- Alcohol Brief Intervention Training – this is offered by Livewell Southwest and if you would like to develop the confidence to raise and respond to alcohol issues, this four hour course is perfect. You can find out more about this and other help with alcohol issues on the One You Plymouth website here: https://www.oneyouplymouth.co.uk/drink-less/
- Harbour Centre – helps people recover from the causes and devastating effects of alcohol misuse. The Alcohol Service provides treatment for adults whose alcohol use is affecting their health, finances, relationships, family, children or employment.
- The Harbour Centre’s Families and Young People’s Team provides treatment interventions with parents, young people and families to reduce the impact of alcohol and substance misuse. Their SHARP team aims to reduce harm and build recovery for young people (under 18) experiencing problematic substance use, whilst improving physical and psycho-social wellbeing and strengthening communities.
- Harbour also run a referral drop in for adults, Mondays to Fridays from 11am to 12.30pm, and an appointment only session on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. All sessions are at the Harbour Centre, 1st Floor Hyde Park House, Mutley Plain, Plymouth, PL4 6LF.
More information is at www.harbour.org.uk
If you’re concerned about how much you or a loved one are drinking, there is lots of information available. Men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week. This is the same as six pints of average strength beer a week, ideally this should be spread over 3-4 days, with at least two alcohol free days. Regularly drinking more than this can increase the risk to your health.
More information on support available in Plymouth is on the One You Plymouth website here: https://www.oneyouplymouth.co.uk/drink-less/