- Sound familiar? These can lead to unhealthy habits with drinking. Alcohol is often used a stress-reliever for daily pressures as well as a way to socialise with friends and family or network with colleagues. Drinking more than the recommended amount can lead to long-term health conditions (alcohol is the second biggest risk factor for cancer after smoking). 1 in 4 people in Scotland drink more than 14 units per week (Scottish Health Survey, 2017). This is classed as a hazardous/harmful level of alcohol consumption
Cutting down on drink can reduce the risk of health problems and help you to look and feel better. This November let’s drive conversation about alcohol, signpost those who may need support and call for change so fewer people are harmed by alcohol.
Alcohol Awareness Week runs 19 to 25 November and this year’s theme is ‘Change’.
Change is necessary
In Fife there have been 2344 stays in hospital due to alcohol in one year and an average 62 deaths per year.
Change is possible
We can start by making changes in our own lives. Many people are unsure about how much they drink on a weekly basis, whether this is too much and what impact it may be having. If you are worried about your drinking, here are some tips for healthy drinking:
- Have at least two alcohol free days every week
- Know your units and stick to recommend daily guidelines: 3 units (women) and 4 units (men)
- Keep a diary of what you are drinking
- Ask for help if you need it
Throughout the week the Fife Health and Social Care Partnership is promoting alcohol awareness week in pharmacies across Cowdenbeath and Leven, and at Victoria Hospital Kirkcaldy, Fife House and Rothesay House, Glenrothes, Levenmouth Council Offices, Leven Job Centre, Kirkcaldy Town House, Addiction Services and The Wells.
In Fife there are a number of support services to anyone who feels they need help for themselves or someone they know:
- Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) – FASS delivers confidential alcohol counselling and psychotherapy service for Fife residents.- www.fassaction.org.uk Call: 01592 206 200
- Addaction– Support and advice for adults who are experiencing problems related to their own or someone else’s drug or alcohol use-www.addaction.org.uk Call: 01592 601 909
- Alcohol Concern– Help and advice if you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking-www.alcoholconcern.org.uk Call: 0800 917 8282
- Al Anon– Family group meetings available in Dunfermline, Cupar, Kirkcaldy, St Andrews- www.al-anonuk.org.uk Call: 020 7403 0888
- Addictions Fife Alcohol and Drug Partnership– www.fifedirect.org.uk/fifeadp Call: 03451 555 555 ext 446153
- Alcoholics Anonymous– Meetings in Fife – www.aafife.net
- Call: National: 0800 917 7650 Local: 0131 225 2727 (both 24 hours)
- Drinkline Scotland – www.drinksmarter.org Call: 0800 7314 314 (8am-11pm)
- DAPL – Drugs Alcohol Psychotherapies Ltd – DAPL offers one to one counselling, support, information and advice to individuals and families who are affected by substance use and live within Fife. www.dapl.net/ Call: 01333 422277