Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.

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Addressing alcohol and drug-related issues: Reducing harm and supporting positive change.

Alcohol plays a part in many of our lives…

Most adults in Northern Ireland drink alcohol and for many, it is involved in their lives in a big way … in socialising, celebrating and commiserating … but for some people their relationship with alcohol becomes problematic and this can happen very quickly and to anyone at any time in their lives.

If you drink alcohol regularly we are encouraging you to RETHINK YOUR DRINK by thinking about your relationship with alcohol and reflecting on whether it is time for a change? 

We have broken it down into three simple steps to help you can follow: AWARE, PREPARE, ENGAGE. In the sections below we have provided lots of useful information about alcohol and ideas and tips about how you can make changes in your drinking  as well as access self-care and support if you need it. 

Be well informed about alcohol

Understanding alcohol guidelines, how alcohol affects you and others and the risks associated will help you make informed choices about your drinking. 

Here we have provided lots of information about alcohol for you to browse.

NEW!    Alcohol and Menopause Leaflet

You may think that having a drink is a good way to help you cope with symptoms of the menopause, but actually alcohol can make those symptoms worse. We have produced this new information leaflet to explain why if you are menopausal you should RETHINK YOUR DRINK.

Alcohol Factsheets

A series of factsheets on alcohol have been developed by the Alcohol and You project. These cover things such as Alcohol and Cancer, Alcohol and the Brain and the relationship with stress and trauma. You can download and view the factsheets here.

Take some time and reflect on your relationship with alcohol and consider it if might be “Time for a change”

Some questions to consider are:

  • How many alcohol free days do you have each week?
  • Do you know how many units of alcohol you are consuming or what the guideline limits are?
  • Is that one bottle of wine shared in the evening becoming two?
  • Has a friend or family member expressed concern at your drinking?
  • Are you concerned about a friend or family member’s drinking?

Is your drinking putting you at risk?

Check out your alcohol use with our simple self assessment. By answering a few questions we can score your drinking and let you know if you are at risk

How do you measure up?

Do you know how much alcohol is in your drink and how this adds up? Visit our virtual bar and see how many units and calories your weekly alcohol use is clocking up. 

Is it time for a change?

If you want to make some changes in your relationship with alcohol, set realistic goals that will work for you,  and think about how you can best achieve them.

If you do decide it is time for a change,  then we are here to help you RETHINK YOUR DRINK

We have some self care resources to help you make changes to your drinking habits. If you need help to do it, you can connect with one of our team to get one to one support.

You can use the links below to access the self care resources, connect with support or make a donation to help us help others.

Tools for change

We have self-care resources that you can use to help you put your plan into action

Need help?

If you want to make a change but don’t think you can do it alone, we can support you. Its free and confidential.

Support us to help others

We would love for you to get involved with our campaign by making a donation that will enable us to give someone the help they need.

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