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Free help and support for Alcohol Awareness Week

Published Monday, 15 November 2021

We are supporting Alcohol Awareness Week 15 to 21 November, which is coordinated by Alcohol Change UK and is a chance to get thinking about drinking.

The City of York Council Health Trainers service offers free help and support to York residents, to help them reduce the amount they drink.

There is also additional help and support available on the council's alcohol and your wellbeing page.

Research shows that many of us have found ourselves drinking more to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation during the COVID-19 pandemic. As we leave lockdown and return to normal life there will be new pressures too - pressures to drink, 'sober shaming', and pressures we put on ourselves to get back to ‘normal’ socialising.

Cllr Carol Runciman, City of York Council Executive Member for Health and Adult Social Care, said:

Alcohol Awareness Week has been set up to help people think about the impact that alcohol may have on their lives and those around them.

“Our Health Trainers can help you every step of the way, to help you to experience the benefits of reducing the amount you drink and to feel better and healthier as a result.”

It’s estimated that 1 in 3 people will be affected by alcohol-related problems at some point in their lives, and it’s also linked to around 60 different health conditions including heart disease, cancer and liver disease.

In the UK, alcohol misuse costs society around £3.5 billion each year. This is due to alcohol-related crime and anti-social behaviour, as well as healthcare costs like emergency admissions and treatment for conditions caused by drinking too much.

Alcohol and relationships are closely linked. Many of us associate alcohol and socialising, and alcohol can become a big part of our connections and interactions with those around us. But when our own or a loved one’s drinking starts to negatively affect our relationships, or stands in the way of us taking action on our own drinking, it can have a huge impact on our lives.

Over 4,000 public health teams, workplaces, GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, charities and other community groups across the country have signed up to take part.

The CYC Health Trainer Services are free and offers personal plans to help people find a combination of different ways and methods of support that’s right for them.

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