Re­duc­ing drink­ing

Argyllshire Advertiser - - YOUR VIEWS -

Sir, I write fol­low­ing the re­lease of the lat­est fig­ures on al­co­hol use by the Of­fice for Na­tional Sta­tis­tics (ONS).

The more you drink, the greater the longterm risk to your health and th­ese ONS fig­ures show a wor­ry­ing in­crease in the num­ber of al­co­hol-spe­cific deaths in the UK, par­tic­u­larly among women and 60- to 64-year-olds.

From time to time, we are con­tacted by the fam­i­lies of peo­ple who have died as a re­sult of al­co­hol and are only too aware of the heart­break and ut­ter sense of help­less­ness peo­ple feel when try­ing to lead some­one to seek help for al­co­hol mis­use.

We must all do more to ad­dress the stigma that peo­ple feel in reach­ing out for sup­port.

For many of us, there are sim­ple and ef­fec­tive ways for peo­ple to cut back on al­co­hol.

Tak­ing more drink-free days each week, for ex­am­ple, can re­duce the over­all amount of al­co­hol you drink and re­duce the risk of de­vel­op­ing se­ri­ous ill­nesses.

The Drinkaware web­site also pro­vides in­for­ma­tion and re­sources for peo­ple con­cerned about their drink­ing or that of some­one close to them

In ad­di­tion to the web­site, DrinkChat on­line ad­vis­ers can di­rect peo­ple, in com­plete con­fi­dence, to lo­cal treat­ment agen­cies. Elaine Hin­dal, Drinkaware chief ex­ec­u­tive.

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