Alcohol Awareness Week: 15 - 21 November
Many of us drink alcohol for a variety of ever-changing reasons, including: to relax, to socialise, to de-stress, to have fun, to relieve boredom, to deal with feelings of loneliness, and to try and cope with or avoid problems. However, drinking too much and too often can cause or exacerbate all sorts of problems with our physical and mental health, including damaging relationships with our loved ones.
For some of us, alcohol can become a central aspect of our relationships with friends, family or partners. When this happens, it can actually stop us taking action to improve our drinking habits, even when those habits aren’t working for us.
Alcohol is strongly associated with mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Over the course of the pandemic these problems have undoubtedly got worse for many of us. As we return to a more normal life, there will be new pressures too – pressures to drink, sober shaming (being made to feel not drinking is wrong), and the pressures we put on ourselves to get back to ‘normal’ socialising.
So this Alcohol Awareness Week we encourage you to talk about the impact alcohol has on our relationships and consider making some changes for a healthier, happier life.
Why not use this week to check out the amount you are drinking here Check your drinking | Alcohol Change UK and maybe reduce or refrain from alcohol for the week? You could try one of these mocktails: spiced apple or nojito.
You might like to sign up for Dry January using the free Dry App available here Sign up for the official Dry January | Alcohol Change UK
If you would like to find out more about the support available to support alcohol change for you or another take a look at: www.alcoholchange.org.uk/support