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Alcohol Awareness Week
13-19 November 2017
Alcohol Awareness Week – it’s here once again – the week launched by Alcohol Concern.
In January 2016, the guidance was updated. The latest guidelines states that the limits for men and women are the same 2-3 units per day, with alcohol free days during the week. And, don’ be thinking you can save them all up to have a blow out by drinking them all at once – that’s a no-no!!
So why do people drink? Well it usually starts out with using alcohol as a way of unwinding after a stressful week – or when having a few drinks with friends. But a lot of people don’t know what units actually mean in terms of what they drink – and therefore don’t know when they’re drinking too much! Find out how much you are drinking by using a drinks tracker app or alternatively you could try using a alcohol demotivator – you may be very surprised at the results!
Before long drinking habits can spiral out of control. Issues with alcohol seem to be increasing and more and more school children are getting drunk before they’ve even reached adulthood.
The great thing about Alcohol Concern is they don’t wait around to pop up for one week in November – they’re always campaigning!
In 2010 the organisation launched a manifesto that called for more attention to alcohol treatment and setting the right targets. So much time is spent on complaining about the issue of alcohol but what about solving it and how can those who need it get help getting sober
If older people are ignored because they’re thought to be past the point of help and people with mental health issues are brushed under the carpet, what’s going to change?
The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2017 is all about ‘Alcohol and families’ and you can get involved by using the hashtags #AAW2017 and #Supportingfamilies.
Do you think you might have a problem with alcohol? Have family members or friends expressed concerns that you’re drinking too much? Then it’s time to listen and talk about the health risks, social problems and stigmas associated with drinking.
Pricing has also been a huge cause for concern because alcohol is 75% more affordable than it was thirty years ago. That’s not that long ago when you think about it but 75% IS a huge leap!
In the meantime, you can find out more alcohol abuse facts and track the 2017 plans by visiting the Alcohol Awareness Week website.