Alcohol Awareness Week 2012

19 – 25 November 

Alcohol Awareness Week logoAlcohol Awareness Week is marked every November in England and Wales. Coordinated by the charity Alcohol Concern, this year’s campaign – running from 19 to 25 November – encourages people to talk about the health risks, social problems and stigmas related to alcohol. Alcohol Concern says that although many of us love to talk about drinking, we are not always having the right conversation. 

The World Health Organisation has identified alcohol as the third largest risk factor to health in developed countries. In the UK, alcohol-related harm is estimated to cost society £21bn annually. It puts a huge burden on the NHS, with 1.2 million alcohol-related hospital admissions in 2010/11 alone.

WDP will be promoting Alcohol Awareness Week across our services this November. Our teams will be putting up posters, handing out alcohol unit calculators and filling out drink diaries, to encourage service users to monitor their alcohol intake and learn more about the effects of alcohol. We will also be providing advice about what services are available to help people stop harmful drinking. Most of WDP’s services already work with people who drink alcohol, at minimum screening and signposting them to appropriate services.

Useful resources about alcohol

Learn more about Alcohol Awareness Week and access a range of alcohol resources and promotional material by visiting the links below:

Alcohol Concern

www.alcoholconcern.org.uk

Alcohol Awareness Week campaign
http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/campaign/alcohol-awareness-week

Poster “What’s in your drink?” 
http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/assets/files/AAW%202011/DrinkwiseA2poster_eng.pdf
A very useful poster which tells drinkers how many units are in each alcoholic drink. You can download a copy in English and in Welsh.

Alcohol conversation cards
http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/assets/files/PolicyandCampaigns/Hair_of_Dog_WEBv2.pdf

Some longer factsheets full of interesting research and statistics
http://www.alcoholconcern.org.uk/assets/files/Publications

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Drinkaware

www.drinkaware.co.uk

Fact Sheets: a range of factsheets including alcohol and men, women, journey through the body, emotional and mental health, diseases such as heart disease, cancer and liver disease:https://resources.drinkaware.co.uk/factsheets 

Unit and calorie calculator:
https://resources.drinkaware.co.uk/products/unit-calorie-calculator (there is a small charge for this product)

Self assembly drink diary:
https://resources.drinkaware.co.uk/products/Drink-diary (you can print this yourself)

Reports and leaflets:
https://resources.drinkaware.co.uk/leaflets?gclid=CLjpwYS2qawCFcod4Qod3mQTAw including 'Your Kids and Alcohol' leaflet

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NHS

Change4Life NHS website on how to cut down on alcohol and why
http://www.nhs.uk/Change4Life/Pages/cutting-down-alcohol.aspx

AUDIT – Alcohol self assessment tool
http://www.nhs.uk/Tools/Pages/Alcoholcalculator.aspx

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The government’s Alcohol Strategy 2012

Published in March 2012, the strategy focuses strongly on the problem of ‘binge drinking’ and how we can ‘turn the tide against irresponsible drinking’. Download and read the strategy now: http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/publications/alcohol-drugs/alcohol/alcohol-strategy?view=Binary

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HSC Public Health Agency

The more you drink, the greater your risk of a heart attack posters:
http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/more-you-drink-greater-your-risk-heart-attack

The more you drink, the greater your risk of a brain haemorrhage poster:
http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/more-you-drink-greater-your-risk-brain-haemorrhage

Just the tonic booklet – about women drinking together:
http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/just-tonic

Alcohol could increase your risk of breast cancer poster: http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/alcohol-could-increase-your-risk-breast-cancer

Alcohol countdown card – information on safe limits and units:
http://www.publichealth.hscni.net/publications/alcohol-countdown

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City of London

Alcohol and cocaine - a leaflet that explains what happens when you mix alcohol and cocaine:
http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/services/adult-health-wellbeing-and-social-care/drugs-and-alcohol/substance-misuse-partnership/Documents/Cocaethylene.pdf

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Alcohol Focus Scotland

There are a number of useful leaflets and factsheets on this website, containing information about alcohol and pregnancy, older people, recognising problem drinking, women and alcohol and healthy living, as well as information on what to do when problem drinking affects your family: http://www.alcohol-focus-scotland.org.uk/publications

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National Treatment Agency for Substance Misuse

Background reading: a long report summarising the effectiveness of treatment for alcohol problems:
http://www.nta.nhs.uk/uploads/nta_review_of_the_effectiveness_of_treatment_for_alcohol_problems_summary_2006_alcohol3.pdf