Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 will take place from 16 to 22 November.
The theme this year is ‘alcohol and mental health’.
Around one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and drinking too much or too often can increase the risk. Drinking can mask or exacerbate underlying mental health problems – such as anxiety and depression – and prevent them from being properly addressed.
Yet many people are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health and it’s often the first thing people turn to when they’re feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope. According to a survey by Alcohol Change UK, of those who drank more heavily during lockdown (nine plus units on each drinking day), 40% had drunk as a response to stress or anxiety.
In Derby and Derbyshire, there are a number of services that can provide comprehensive support to both adults and young people experiencing issues with alcohol and drugs.
In Derbyshire county:
Individuals across the city and county who want to talk to someone because they are struggling with the impact of alcohol and drugs on their mental health and wellbeing can also contact the mental health support line on 0800 028 0077. This is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to support Derbyshire residents of all ages.
If you work with someone who might benefit from the support of one of these services, please share the contact details with them.