Alcohol Awareness Week 2018

21/11/2018

Alcohol plays a part in many of our lives…

Yet it’s surprising how little people know about its contents and impact.

Apart from medicines alcohol is the world’s most widely used drug, a glass of wine with dinner, a beer after work, a cocktail in the sunshine on holiday. Alcohol makes an appearance in so many parts of our lives: it can be easy to forget that, like many drugs, it’s addictive, both physically and psychologically. Unfortunately it has been widely acknowledged that Northern Ireland has a serious ‘alcohol’ problem in terms of consumption levels, health issues and the wider social impact on individuals, families and communities. In recent years a real financial cost placed on the impact of alcohol ranges from £750-£900 million p.a. That converts to around one tenth of the entire block from Westminster.

Alcohol and You in partnership with ASCERT were keen to raise awareness and used National Alcohol Awareness Week to provide 3 Training sessions across the Trust: UNDERSTANDING ALCOHOL.

These sessions were open to all Trust staff and outside organisations in an attempt to raise awareness and also to equip staff who may come in contact with people using alcohol in an unhealthy manner.