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Improve your relationships this Alcohol Awareness Week

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This week is Alcohol Awareness Week, a chance to raise awareness about the risks of excessive alcohol consumption. This year’s theme is alcohol and relationships, looking at the ways in which alcohol can affect us and our relationships with those around us.

The Bracknell Forest New Hope Drug and Alcohol Service can offer support to anyone who may be concerned about their drinking habits and how this may be negatively impacting their relationships.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen an increase in alcohol consumption. Locally, the number of people contacting New Hope with concerns increased by 7% in 2020, and 13.6% up to September 2021. However, the number of people successfully completing their treatment for alcohol use has also increased, with Bracknell Forest achieving the second highest success rate in the South East.

Taking control of drinking can develop better and happier relationships, as well as improve health and wellbeing.

Cllr Dale Birch, Executive Member for Adult Service, Health and Housing, said:

“Many of us drink alcohol for a number of reasons, to relax, to socialise, to de-stress, to try and cope with or avoid problems, or because others around us are drinking. However, drinking too much and too often can cause all sorts of problems with our physical and mental health, including damaging relationships with our loved ones.

“This doesn’t necessarily mean that we should avoid alcohol completely, but it is important to understand how alcohol can affect us and our relationships with those around us, and the benefits of cutting down or going alcohol-free.”

Getting help and advice

If you are worried about how much you are drinking and want help, you can contact New Hope on 01344 312360, or by emailing new.hope@bracknell-forest.gov.uk.

Contact made to the New Hope team will be kept confidential. If you need advice or support, don’t be afraid to seek help.