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Source: City of Southampton

Southampton City Council and its community partners are supporting Alcohol Awareness Week, it’s a chance for the UK to get thinking about how much we’re drinking. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is ‘Alcohol and mental health’.

It’s also the start of a new free and confidential telephone service for Southampton residents aged 18 and above who are worried about how much or how often they are drinking.

Southampton Alcohol Advice Line is commissioned by Southampton City Council and run by CGL Southampton for anyone worried about their drinking. It’s easy to get in contact just call Tel 02382 002 764

Cllr Lorna Fielker, Cabinet Member for Health and Adults, said: “We’re joining 3,000 other community groups across the UK for Alcohol Awareness Week to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and mental health, to speak out about the issues and the stigma surrounding them, and encourage anyone who is struggling to seek the support they deserve.”

“If you are concerned about how much or how often you’ve been drinking lately, please don’t hesitate to talk to someone, whether it’s your doctor or the new telephone support line in the city. They’re here to support you, because we all know how difficult a time it is has been over the past year. They will listen patiently and help with motivation, encouragement and support you to identify positive reasons for change.” 

“Finding ways during this lockdown to alleviate stress that don’t involve drinking alcohol can be challenging, the Five Ways to Wellbeing gives us some other ideas, including connecting with others, being active, taking notice of our surroundings, learning and giving.”

ny of the local mental health organisations are offering support during the second lockdown; Solent Mind (Tel 023 8017 9049) and, for young people, No Limits  (Tel 02380 224 224) are here to help us all during the pandemic.

Check out Southampton City Council’s website which also has a mental health and wellbeing page with a list of local organisations that can help you and, if you are especially concerned about your drinking, our page for getting help with drug and alcohol problems 

For people who prefer online support, go to One You’s website, where you’ll find the Drink free days app and information on drinking less, calories in alcohol and units.

For information on what’s happening in your community search the hashtag #AlcoholAwarenessWeek.

Find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week.

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