Web­site to give guid­ance on al­co­hol

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - Talking Politics - Ian Bunting

Mon­k­lands res­i­dents have helped de­velop a web­site de­signed to sup­port any­one con­cerned with how al­co­hol may be af­fect­ing their fam­ily.

My Fam­ily and Al­co­hol is an Al­co­hol Fo­cus Scot­land (AFS) web­site which aims to re­duce the im­pact of al­co­hol on health, fam­i­lies and com­mu­ni­ties.

Staff from NHS La­nark­shire worked with AFS to fa­cil­i­tate two dis­cus­sion groups where peo­ple shared their ex­pe­ri­ences of al­co­hol through­out their life­times.

Build­ing on these dis­cus­sions, the web­site in­cludes three short videos doc­u­ment­ing the sto­ries of those whose lives have been af­fected by al­co­hol.

Na­tional statis­tics show one in four peo­ple drink more than the safe rec­om­mended lev­els, one in three peo­ple re­port hav­ing a heavy drinker in their lives, while one in two peo­ple re­port hav­ing been harmed by some­one else’s drink­ing.

The s i t e p rov i d e s in­for­ma­tion about al­co­hol, helps peo­ple to think about if and how al­co­hol might be af­fect­ing them or their fam­ily and find help and sup­port if needed.

Tracy-Ann Kidd, health im­prove­ment se­nior of­fi­cial from NHS La­nark­shire, said: “Many of us dis­miss our own or our fam­ily’s and friends’ drink­ing habits as a harm­less so­cial ac­tiv­ity.

“But of­ten it’s peo­ple other than the drinker who feel the ef­fects the most – chil­dren, fam­ily, friends and those work­ing in front line ser­vices like the NHS and po­lice.

“As well as the ad­verse ef­fects on phys­i­cal health - high blood pres­sure, liver dis­ease, stroke, can­cer and brain dam­age – ex­ces­sive drink­ing can also cause de­pres­sion and so­cial prob­lems such as fam­ily break­down or los­ing em­ploy­ment.

“We need to be aware of the im­pact of al­co­hol on our health and our re­la­tion­ships and recog­nise when we need to do that. My Fam­ily and Al­co­hol is an ex­cel­lent re­source that of­fers sup­port through in­for­ma­tion and ad­vice to help peo­ple when al­co­hol be­comes a prob­lem for them or their fam­ily.”

Visit www . my­fam­ilyan­dal­co­hol.org.uk to find out more in­for­ma­tion.

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