Gloucestershire Marks Alcohol Awareness Week

News item posted: 04 April 2014

From the 18th to 26th November people across the UK will be marking Alcohol Awareness Week. The theme this year is 'Conversations about Alcohol' with the aim of promoting discussion around alcohol misuse as well as highlighting the support available to people who might need it.

Health and social care organisation, Turning Point, who run substance misuse services across Gloucestershire will be holding a number of events during the Awareness Week to highlight the dangers around alcohol misuse and encourage people to address their drinking habits.

Events include:

• Information stands in Cirencester and Morton-in Marsh town centres, the job centre and district council offices in Tewkesbury, Stroud Shambles market and the Co-op Supermarket in Cinderford;

• A joint event with Gloucester Crime Prevention Unit at the local shopping centre in Gloucester;

• Running the Turning Point Roving Recovery Vehicle which will be providing support and advice across the county.

Gloucestershire County Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, Dorcas Binns, said;

"Many people will be socialising with family or friends in the coming weeks and having drink is part of that for lots of us. But drinking too much, too fast, can put a serious strain on your body, and put your health and personal safety at risk. Anyone concerned can go along to one of Turning Point's events and find out more about the local services available."

Andy Symons, Area Operations Manager for Turning Point in Gloucestershire said;

 "Alcohol Awareness week is a great opportunity to encourage people to think and speak about the potential dangers associated with alcohol. It can be all too easy to ignore warning signs that you may have a problem, yet early intervention is one of the surest ways of tackling the issue of alcohol misuse. Our aim is to offer support to people when and where they need it in the county and we would urge anyone who feels that they have a problem, or their friends or family, to get in touch with us"

You can reach Turning Point in Gloucestershire on 0300 123 1512