Tower Hamlets Council is highlighting issues surrounding alcohol misuse during Alcohol Awareness Week, running from November 13 – 19 2017.
Alcohol – what's the harm?
Led by national charity Alcohol Concern, this year’s campaign theme is: ‘Alcohol and Families.’ This theme will be used an opportunity to start a conversation around problematic alcohol use to help break the cycle of silence and stigma that is all too often experienced by families - writes towerhamlets.gov.uk.
Mayor Johns Biggs said: “Working with our partners, we aim to reduce alcohol-related problems and improve the quality of life for residents and visitors alike.
“The council offers a variety of support services, counselling and treatment available to everyone in the borough.”
Public Health England estimates there are approximately 3,400 dependent drinkers in Tower Hamlets; the 7th highest rate of dependent drinkers in London.
However, around 47 per cent of the Tower Hamlets adult population are abstinent and don’t drink alcohol, which is one of the highest rate of abstainers in the country.
Keep health risks from alcohol at a low level. Men and women are advised:
- not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis
- to spread your drinking over three or more daysif you regularlydrink as much as 14 units a week
- if you wantto cut down,try to haveseveral drink-free days each week.
Cllr Denise Jones, lead for adult and health services said: “Although many people may use alcohol responsibly, regularly drinking more than the recommended amount can lead to serious health harms such as liver disease, heart disease, stroke, cancer and mental health problems. Speak to your GP or contact the Drug and Alcohol Team if you have any concerns about your drinking or someone else’s.”
Want to learn more about your drinking habits and if it’s causing harm? Drop by one of the following sessions to learn more about units, safe drinking and even some mocktail recipes:
Tues 14th and Thurs 16th Nov
9am – 4pm
Market Stall (near Idea Stores)
Roman Road Market, E3 5ES
Tues 14th Nov
Royal London Hospital, Whitechapel Road E1 1BB
Wed 15th Nov
Tower Hamlets Early Intervention Service
Weds 15th Nov
Caxton Hall, Caxton Grove, Bow, E3 2EE
Serving delicious mocktails
Queen Mary University of London
Mile End Rd, E1 4NS
If you need help with alcohol or drug use visit the council's page on alcohol and drugs or contact specially trained advisors: For further information on alcohol harm visit: www.nhs.uk/livewell/alcohol
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