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Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week (15-21 November 2021) is a chance to get thinking about drinking – this year, the theme is Alcohol and relationships. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.

Alcohol can have a profound effect on our relationships. Many of us associate alcohol with socialising, or even see it as an essential part of our interactions with others. However, drinking can have a negative impact on our relationships, particularly if our own or a loved one’s drinking becomes difficult to control.

Research also shows that many have been drinking more throughout the pandemic, especially to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation. As lockdowns ease and we return to ‘normal life’ there might also be extra pressures to drink as we start to socialise again.

Figures from Public Health England show alcoholic liver deaths have increased by an unprecedented 21% from March 2020 to March 2021, and there's been a 58.6% increase in people reporting drinking at increasing or higher-risk levels.

With so many people drinking more heavily and at risk of serious mental and physical harm, this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week offers a great opportunity to get people thinking and talking about their drinking. To this end we are running some workshops during the week, including a Q&A with a carer and a breathing session.

We encourage you to book your place for these events as spaces are limited and our events tend to sell out quickly.

If you wish to register with Carers Support West Sussex, you can do so here:



Relationships - Road to Recovery and Hope

14:00 – 15:30

We invite you to meet Colette and Shaun to hear about their inspirational journey on their road to recovery from Colette’s past alcohol addiction.Learn about the obstacles tackled and how they overcame them as a family, coming out the other side, full of hope. This is an open and honest discussion to ask those questions you always wanted to ask, but never did.

This talk is open to all. For this reason, we would like to ask those who attend not to disclose any personal details or mention others related to any story you may tell or share. We aim to maintain everyone’s confidentiality.



Breathe/Relax/Reset

11:00 – 12:30

By connecting the inhale with the exhale, we will bring awareness to your natural breathing rhythm to relax deeply and discover tensions in the body which link to emotions, thoughts and narratives. No rules. No comparisons. No destination. All moods welcome and interesting!


Resources

Drinkaware lockdown drinking statistics

Lockdown and the impact of the coronavirus pandemic could have a lasting impact on drinking levels – and therefore devastating health consequences – for many people if action is not taken, warns charity Drinkaware.

What is alcohol-related brain damage (ARBD)?

A factsheet about ARBD, a brain disorder caused by a person regularly drinking too much alcohol, or binge-drinking, over several years.

Alcohol Change Unit Calculator

Alcohol Change Quiz

West Sussex Drinkcoach

DrinkCoach is professional, convenient, and confidential. You can access the service anywhere and at any time it suits you: weekdays, evenings, and weekends. All you need is a Skype connection.

Drinkcoach Alcohol Test

Work out how risky your drinking is, access personalised advice online and find out where you can get support in West Sussex. It takes just two minutes.

Nacoa

Providing information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent`s drinking

Lives Worth Talking About-Tales of Recovery

A series of monologues which tell the incredible true stories of those who have endured their own, or a loved ones battle with addiction and their remarkable journeys of recovery.

Release

Release provides a free confidential and non-judgemental national information and advice service in relation to drugs and drug laws.

Change Grow Live - How to help friends and family

Advice on how to support them, whether it's drugs, alcohol or their wellbeing you're concerned about. Speak to a member of the webchat team or read the advice pages.