NHS Tayside is hosting information stands across Dundee and Angus to support Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from 11 to 17 November 2019.
Led by Alcohol Change UK, the theme for this year’s event is ‘Alcohol and Me’, which aims to highlight the impact that alcohol can have on our bodies, our lives and those we love.
It also highlights that by making changes to our drinking behaviour we can become healthier and reduce the risk for many serious health conditions including cancer, mental health problems, and liver disease.
NHS Tayside’s Public Health team is working with partners including Dundee and Angus Alcohol and Drugs Partnerships, Tayside Council for Alcohol and Addaction to raise awareness of the Scottish Government’s low-risk drinking guidelines through a series of information stalls across Dundee and Angus during the week.
Senior health promotion officer Laura Henderson said, “Understanding the risks of drinking too much is an important first step in helping us drink more healthily. Yet it is estimated that 73% of people are unaware of the official guidelines, meaning that the vast majority do not have the information they need to make informed choices about their drinking.
“People should try not to exceed the recommended guidelines of 14 units a week. Any drinking of alcohol should be spread throughout the week and you should make sure to have two or three alcohol free days if possible.
“To help raise awareness of the guidelines, our information stalls will have posters and leaflets along with unit measure cups, interactive drinks calculators, digital resources and our pour a drink challenge.”
Information stands are being held in the following locations:
- Wednesday 13 November – Perth Royal Infirmary Health Shop
- Wednesday 13 November – 11.30am-1.30pm – Whitehills Health and Community Centre
- Thursday 14 November – noon-2pm – DUSA student union
- Thursday 14 November – 10am onwards – drop-in, Tayside Council for Alcohol
- Thursday 14 November – morning – Links Health Centre, Montrose
- Monday 18 November – 2-3.30pm – Academy Medical Centre, Forfar
- All week – Information Stand, Whitehills Health and Community Centre
If you are concerned about your or someone else’s drinking, try to get help. Talk to a friend, or your GP. For free, confidential advice on alcohol and how you can reduce your intake call Drinkline Scotland on 0800 7 314 314, visit www.nhsinform.scot/healthy-living/alcohol or contact a local service, details of which can be found on www.aliss.org or www.angus.gov.uk/ADP