Turning Point Taking Part in Alcohol Awareness Week

News item posted: 19 June 2017

Our theme is – ‘Just talk about it’

Turning Point is taking part in Alcohol Awareness Week, from November 17th to November 23rd. Alcohol Awareness Week highlights the risks associated with alcohol misuse and the range of support available to help.

At Turning Point, we are encouraging anyone who may worry about their drinking, or that of someone they care about,  to talk about their concerns. This includes those who may not come into contact with our services through the normal channels.

With that in mind, Turning Point teams across the country are taking part in a programme of community activities, which will give members of the public a chance to speak in confidence with recovery professionals, as well as Turning Point peer mentors, who have personal experience of recovery.

Selina Douglas, Turning Point’s Managing Director - Substance Misuse and Offending, said:

“Many people whose drinking habits do pose a risk to their health may not even be aware of the fact, and the right information is often all they need to make a positive change.

“Alcohol Awareness Week is a great time to consider whether you, or someone you know, might be drinking too much. If you are worried, then a good first step is simply to talk to someone about it. That could be a friend, your partner, a family member or your GP – just not someone you regularly drink with.

“It’s important to remember that there’s no reason to be ashamed of voicing your concerns. For many of us, alcohol is a part of our weekly routine, so we may not notice when alcohol use increases. Stress, ill-health and major life events can all provoke an increase, and it’s important to remember that there’s no one “type” of person who develops a drinking problem.

“Turning Point helps people of all ages and from all walks of life towards recovery. However, it’s much better to control alcohol intake before an alcohol misuse problem develops.  Sometimes a conversation is all that’s needed to start that process.”

You can find your local Turning Point service on our website: www.turning-point.co.uk or by ringing us on 0207 481 7600.