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It’s Alcohol Awareness Week!

thumbnail of spp018-alcohol-and-older-people-bookletSpectrum Community Health CIC will join Wakefield Council and Age UK Wakefield to take part in Alcohol Awareness Week, a national campaign led by advice charity Alcohol Concern.

The campaign will run from Monday 14 November to Sunday 20 November and will focus on health risks and conditions linked to harmful drinking, including alcohol-related diabetes, hypertension, and cancer.

Alcohol-related health conditions are an ongoing concern in Wakefield. Figures released by Public Health England reveal that in the year to 2015, there were 885 alcohol-related hospital admissions per 100,000 residents – almost 40% greater than the national average of 641.Long-term alcohol misuse also causes damage to the liver and is a risk factor for alcoholic liver disease, cirrhosis and liver cancer.

To encourage safer drinking, Spectrum will be spreading the word about new alcohol guidelines which came into effect earlier this year – reducing the safe drinking limits to 14 units per week for both men and women.

Spectrum CIC, Wakefield Council and Age UK will also highlight the topic of drinking among older people, issuing specific guidance aimed at over-55s. The guidance will be available online via our campaign page, and you can also download our Safer Drinking leaflet here.

Linda Harris, Spectrum’s Chief Executive, said, “Alcohol Awareness Week is our opportunity to spread the message about the damage alcohol can do in our communities, and the ways we can support some of Wakefield’s most vulnerable people to access information which could change their life. We will be supporting Age UK and Wakefield Council to promote this campaign and engage with hard-to-reach patients, including older people.”

Spectrum Community Health works with Turning Point UK to provide substance misuse recovery as part of the Inspiring Recovery service, with clinics in Wakefield, Castleford and South Kirkby.