Alcohol – time to make a change?

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Tower Hamlets Council is highlighting issues surrounding alcohol use during Alcohol Awareness Week, running from November 19 – 25 2018. 

Led by national charity Alcohol Concern, this year’s campaign theme is: ‘Change.’ The campaign aims to encourage conversation around alcohol, raise awareness and signpost people to services as appropriate alongside calling for change on individuals, communities and policy makers.

Although a significant proportion of residents in Tower Hamlets don’t drink at all (48%), those who do, have higher levels of alcohol-related problems than the London average and the rest of England.

The majority of adults drinking above the recommended guidelines do not have an ‘alcohol problem’, but are at risk of developing health problems or a future dependency.

Mayor Johns Biggs said: “Many people enjoy a drink now and again but units can add up before we know it.

“Working with our partners, we aim to reduce alcohol-related problems and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.

“For those that may be concerned about their drinking or someone else’s, we offer a variety of support services, counselling and treatment to residents in the borough.”

Curious about how much you’re drinking each week? Don’t Bottle It Up (DBIU) is a short, online survey that allows residents to confidentially assess how risky their drinking is, access free personalised advice and telephone or face-to-face support if needed.

DBIU aims to increase the number of people having healthier relationships with alcohol and signposting individuals for support where needed. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines advise that adults should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

Around 1 in 5 adults in Tower Hamlets drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.

Cllr Denise Jones, cabinet member for health, adults and community said: “Although many people may use alcohol responsibly, ‘at risk’ drinkers can benefit from simple brief advice which highlights the benefits of cutting down.

“DBIU is a two minute test that you can take privately at home if you’re curious about and how many units you may be consuming each week and what you can do about it.”


Want to learn more about your drinking habits and if you’re potentially causing harm? Drop by one of the following sessions to learn more about units, safe drinking and even getting some mocktail recipes: 

Date

Time

Venue / Location

Event Description

Thursday 15 Nov

 

 

 

11am – 3pm 

 

Queen Mary University of London

Mile End Road E1 4NS

Wellbeing day – promoting RESET and alcohol awareness to students.

Tuesday 20 Nov

10am – 3pm

University of East London Docklands campus

University Way

E16 2RD

Wellbeing day – promoting RESET and alcohol awareness to students.

Tuesday 20 Nov

9am – 2pm

Market Stall (near Idea Store)

Roman Road Market

E3 5ES

Information stall to engage residents and raise awareness of alcohol harm.

Wednesday 21  Nov

 

1pm – 3pm

 

A&E area,

Royal London Hospital

Information stall to engage residents and raise awareness of alcohol harm

Thursday 22  Nov

 

9am – 2pm

Market Stall

Roman Road Market

Information stall to engage residents and raise awareness of alcohol harm.

 

Those residents concerned about their levels of drinking, or of a family member’s can contact Reset.

For further information on alcohol harm visit:  www.nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol     

Posted on Friday 16th November 2018