Alcohol Awareness Week is approaching (3-9th July). The focus this year is on the true cost of alcohol and aims to highlight the personal costs of drinking too much, the health benefits from cutting down, as well as the costs to society.
According to Alcohol Change, the harm caused by alcohol affects millions of people every year in the form of health problems, financial worries, relationship breakdown and family difficulties. It brings with it huge social costs too with the significant pressure it places on the NHS, the emergency services, police, and workplaces.*
More people are suffering from worsened mental and physical health every day as a result of harmful drinking.
The cost-of-living crisis has also played a key role in causing some people to drink more than they’d like to cope with worries around the crisis.
Many of us know about the health risks of alcohol – i.e.: liver disease, mental health problems – but we are often unaware that drinking less has more immediate benefits too. Sleeping better, feeling more energetic, saving money, better skin, losing weight… The list goes on.
If you or your loved one drink heavily or regularly this may not be for you, so check with your GP or local alcohol service before you start.
Take a look at the free support apps and quiz’s on the Alcohol Change website.
Or why not get involved and try some alcohol free mocktails
- During alcohol awareness week the drug & alcohol team at Carer’s Support, will be hosting a stand at Worthing hospital (all week) & Crawley hospital (Monday 3rd) with our well-being partner’s.
- We will also be running a carer social walk in Hotham Park (Bognor) on 5th July and Tilgate Park (Crawley) on 3rd August, all information is on the link below.
- Do remember that we also hold an on-line group, two face to face groups and walking groups for alcohol and drug support on a monthly basis.
We can all take steps to make a change and support our loved ones.