Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs from Monday 13 November to Friday 17 November, is an opportunity for people to think about the effects of alcohol on themselves, their families and society as a whole.
The effects are wide reaching. Alcohol harm costs Scotland £3.6 billion each year in health, social care, crime and reduced productively in the workplace.
It is important that people take time to think about their drinking. The government guidelines make it clear that there are ‘No Safe Limits’ for drinking alcohol but realistically people are going to continue drinking at home and when out socialising.
Councillor Elena Whitham, Cabinet Member for Housing and Communities said: “It is really worthwhile to keep a check on how many units you are drinking each week. The odd glass of wine and a big night out could equate to a large number of units which will have a negative effect on your overall health.
“The NHS has a drinks tracker app which can help you keep a check on your alcohol consumption. You can download the app from I tunes or Google Play.
“Drinking habits can spiral out of control. Many people use alcohol as a way of coping with periods of stress and dealing with difficult situations but there is help out there.”
Ayrshire Council on Alcohol can offer free one to one counselling to anyone concerned about their drinking. Contact them on 01292 281238 or have a look at their website
The CHIP Van will be promoting Alcohol Awareness Week during November and are offering free health checks and advice on leading a healthier lifestyle.
To find out where the CHIP Van will be during November contact the team on 01563 576398 or have a look at the timetable online