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Call for mindful drinking this #AlcoholAwarenessWeek

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It’s Alcohol Awareness Week and residents are urged to be extra mindful of their alcohol consumption over lockdown.

From the 16-22 November the UK is being asked to get thinking about alcohol – especially its relation to mental health.

Sometimes alcohol is used to manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, especially in tense periods, even though it is proven to worsen mental health conditions.

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Richmond Council is encouraging residents to drink responsibly, by being mindful of how much they are drinking and seeking necessary support.

Cllr Piers Allen, Lead Member for Adult Social Services, Health and Housing, and Chair of the Richmond Health & Wellbeing Board, said:

“It has been a very tough year for everyone. People with alcohol misuse problems can face many challenges in life.

“I would urge everyone to take steps to monitor and manage your drinking and that of your loved ones this #AlcoholAwarenessWeek and look after everyone’s mental wellbeing by seeking the help and support available.”

Helpful resources:

  • DrinkChecker is a website that helps you set goals to drink less and see how much you can save in money and calories by reducing your drinking.
  • The Richmond Community Drug and Alcohol Service (RCDAS) can help support anyone over the age of 18. It is free to call the support service on 020 3228 3020.
  • We are with you is a webchat service offering support and advice. You can get free, confidential support with alcohol, drugs or mental health.
  • The Richmond Wellbeing Service for ways to improve your wellbeing. You can call them on 020 8548 5550 from Monday to Friday.
  • The Young People’s Substance Misuse Service aims to provide specialist substance misuse treatment to young people aged 13 to 19 years and their families. You can contact the service by emailing [email protected] or calling 020 8547 6920.
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