Alcohol Awareness Week 2017

Between 13 and 20th November, we’re supporting the national campaign for Alcohol Awareness Week.
This year, we’re working with our partners to focus on the many ways harmful drinking can impact on families – including:

  • the way alcohol misuse affects mood, behaviour and family relationships
  • how harmful drinking can disrupt family life
  • the impact of parental substance misuse on children and young people
  • supporting families affected by addiction to tackle stigma
  • raising awareness of key local and regional support for families

For more information on the national campaign, visit the Alcohol Concern website to download free resources and infographics for social media. Spectrum will also be publishing new leaflet and information around alcohol and families – find out more below.

Alcohol Awareness Week: Wakefield District

To raise awareness about alcohol and families, Spectrum is teaming up with our community partners to hold information events across the Wakefield District.

Our teams will be promoting Alcohol Awareness Week at:

  • Pinderfields General Hospital, Wakefield, on Tuesday 14th Nov (11am-2pm)
  • Carlton Lanes Shopping Centre, Castleford on Thursday 16th Nov (10am-2pm)

We’ll be sharing materials on how alcohol can affect families, and letting people know where they can go for support. If you’re worried about someone else’s drinking or need support in the Wakefield District, you can also contact:

North Yorkshire Horizons

Spectrum also provides integrated drug and alcohol support as part of North Yorkshire Horizons, which can offer tailored support to help you and your family towards recovery. Throughout Alcohol Awareness Week, we’ll be promoting the national campaign in:

  • Harrogate, Victoria Shopping Centre, Monday 13th November
  • Selby – Tesco, Tuesday 14th November
  • Scarborough, Brunswick Shopping Centre, Friday 17th November

Call us on  01723 330730 for more information.

York Drug & Alcohol Service

Spectrum is proud to work in partnership with Changing Lives as part of  York Drug and Alcohol Service, which offers tailored support for individuals and families affected by substance misuse across York. The service also provides:

  • One-to-one support and group recovery options
  • Community alcohol detoxification
  • Substitute prescribing
  • Help to support your friends and family
  • Relapse prevention advice and planning
  • Signposting to partner services

To find out more about the York service and seek support with issues relating to alcohol misuse, please call 01904 464680 for more information.

Alcohol and Families

MYTH: Only dependent drinkers are at risk

This is a myth.

Anyone who regularly drinks beyond the recommended levels (14 units per week), could be putting themselves at risk of alcohol-related harm and health complications.

MYTH: Binge-drinking is safer than habitual drinking

It’s difficult to define “binge-drinking” officially, but it has been broadly understood as any session of drinking in which a person consumes 8 units or more. Binge-drinking causes your blood-alcohol level to rise rapidly, and can make you vulnerable.

MYTH: Having a ‘high tolerance’ for alcohol makes you safer

This is a myth.

Although alcohol can affect people differently, and at different rates, the overall health risks caused by long-term misuse don’t change.

MYTH: Drinking small amounts during pregnancy is good for your health

In January 2016, the Chief Medical Officers for NHS England advised that there is no safe limit of alcohol to drink during pregnancy.

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