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Think alcohol, think mental health this Alcohol Awareness Week

Article date - 16 November 2020

This year the Covid-19 pandemic has had far reaching impacts on everyone’s life. For some people the result has been to drink alcohol more than normal.

With Alcohol Awareness Week here from 16th November, during the second period of national restrictions, the message of the week is to think about the relationship between drinking alcohol and mental health.  

Councillor Anthony Burns, Cabinet Member for Public Health, Leisure, Libraries and Heritage, said: “This year has been hard for everyone so that is why it’s really important that we all think about our mental health and for some coping through these huge changes in life has meant turning to alcohol more. 

“We know there are many risks and potential harms caused by alcohol use which can have devastating effects on people of all ages’ lives. We welcome this campaign that can help raise our community’s awareness and have a think about their own relationship with alcohol.” 

YPDAAT at St Helens Borough Council will be encouraging parents to join them for an online session to help parents learn about the harms and risks of alcohol use and how they can develop skills and confidence to talk to their children about it. This is ideal for anyone with children aged 11-16 years old. The session runs on Thursday 19th November from 5pm to 6.30pm. To book on the session call 01744 675605 or email ypdaattraining@sthelens.gov.uk.  

CGL will be hosting a range of events throughout the week including mocktail recipe videos on Facebook and includes a Facebook Live Q&A on Tuesday 17th November where you can ask the alcohol and clinical team questions about help and support. Follow the daily activities on Facebook @CGL-St-Helens.  

For more information on these services on their websites or keep an eye out throughout the week on St Helens Borough Council’s Facebook and Twitter channels for more information on support and help available. Visit YPDAAT here  or  CGL here for more.