Alcohol Awareness Week 2018: what have you got planned?

November 2018 | 7 minutes

We wanted to share a few of the activities local authorities, pharmacies, GP surgeries, charities, workplaces and other local organisations across the country have planned for Alcohol Awareness Week to raise awareness about alcohol and signpost people to more information and support.

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

East Surrey Hospital are planning to have an Alcohol Awareness Week display by the entrance to the hospital to engage patients and visitors, run by their Alcohol Liaison Clinical Nurse specialist. She will also be running a teaching session for the hospital’s junior doctors.

Do you work for a hospital? How about setting up a display? You could also think about offering training for members of staff, both to help them in their work with patients and so they can get support if they are struggling with alcohol themselves.

Drink Wise, Age Well

Now in its fourth year, Drink Wise, Age Well is committed to ensuring alcohol treatment and support is available to people at all stages in life, particularly older adults. In the spirit of Alcohol Awareness Week’s theme of Change, an advocacy group of programme participants and volunteers have come together to plan a Calling Time for Change Event in London on 21 November. The group have invited key stakeholders and politicians to work with them to co-produce a Call for Change which will ensure older adults with lived experience can have their voices heard and share solutions to improve alcohol policy, treatment and support. For further information contact Julie.breslin@addaction.org.uk

Could your charity use Alcohol Awareness Week as a jumping off point to create change? Let us know – we would love to support you.

The Harbour Centre, Plymouth

The Harbour Centre leads and manages the integrated community drug and alcohol recovery services in Plymouth. They are planning several events, including an alcohol awareness stand from 19-23 November at Derriford Hospital, (wo)manned by the Alcohol Assertive Outreach Team. They will also be running an alcohol-free charity quiz night on 20 November at Devonport Guildhall, raising funds for disadvantaged children in Plymouth.

While Harbour is hosting the event, most of the organisation is being undertaken by service users who are working really hard on their recovery from alcohol (and other substances), and who now wish to give back to their community. Harbour will also be showcasing some of the amazing arts and crafts created by service users (and staff) to highlight the incredible benefits of art therapy. Contact m.kimber@nhs.net for more information on either event.

There are lots of creative ways to get involved with Alcohol Awareness Week – an alcohol-free event is a great idea! If you work for an alcohol service, could you engage service users in planning events for the week?

Fife Council Madras Community Use Team

Fife Council Madras Community Use Team are going all out for Alcohol Awareness Week! On Monday 19 November the team will hold a community evening session at Madras Community College. Anyone can drop in and design and taste their own mocktail, find out more about alcohol and maybe even sign up for Dry January. This event is being supported by Morrisons. On Wednesday they will hold a lunch time focus group for senior pupils, with issue-based discussion and fun activities. On Thursday and Friday they will be holding similar sessions for younger pupils with visual aids, quizzes and discussion.

We love the idea of a ‘design your own mocktail’ session – it’s fun, inexpensive and a great way to get talking about alcohol. And how about looking for sponsorship from a local business?

Royal Mail

The brilliant HR team at Royal Mail will be running a display with facts and figures about alcohol. That’s not all – they’ll also be running an alcohol-free quiz about alcohol, with a prize for the winning team! On a more serious note, they will be advertising confidential help if anyone has concerns regarding their own or someone else’s alcohol use; they will be able to talk in private to the team’s Mental Health Champion.

Could you run Alcohol Awareness Week in your workplace? Each year workplaces in the UK lose an estimated 167,000 working years to alcohol – so helping your team to develop healthier drinking behaviours can only be a good thing! Sign up for Alcohol Awareness Week resources to find out more about alcohol in the workplace.

Boots Hatfield Town Centre

Planning for a public health event as part of their training, pre-registration pharmacists in Hatfield Town Centre found that alcohol dependence has a higher incidence than many other health conditions in Hertfordshire, and decided to run an event for Alcohol Awareness Week. Their aim is to help people to learn about their limits and improve their knowledge about units. They will be running a display and event using our free Alcohol Awareness Week resources.

Could your local pharmacy get involved with the week? Use our free resources to set up a display and increase people’s understanding of alcohol.

Are you running an event, display or campaign for Alcohol Awareness Week? Let us know! We would love to know what you’re planning.

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