This week is Alcohol Awareness Week and theme of this year’s campaign is Alcohol and Mental Health.​​​​​​​

Many of us are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health but in fact, alcohol is often the first thing we turn to when we’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope. While the effects of alcohol can sometimes have a short-term positive impact on your mood, in the long term it can cause problems for mental health. Throughout the week we’ll be exploring the many ways that our mental health (and our drinking habits) have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Did you know?

  • According to data from the Royal College of Psychiatrists, the number of people in England who were drinking at high-risk levels increased by over 3.5 million between February and June 2020​​​​​​​
  • As well as drinking more during lockdown, a recent YouGov study found that almost 1 in 5 people (19%) were drinking as a way to cope with anxiety and stress
  • Around 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a mental health issue each year. Drinking too much or too often can increase this risk.
  • Nationally, less than 20% of dependent drinkers are accessing treatment services

These figures show that we all need to do more to encourage those who need it towards support. As we face the challenges of a a second lockdown, now’s the time to get thinking about your drinking, exploring healthier ways to cope.

Get involved

This week, our online campaign activity will focus on:

During the week we will also be posting alcohol facts, top tips and also some fantastic mocktail recipies on our FacebookTwitter and Linkedin pages. Why not follow us and help us raise awareness by liking, sharing and commenting on posts using the hashtag – #alcoholawarenessweek to get people talking and thinking about their alcohol use.