Alcohol Awareness Week, 16 to 22 November 2020, is an opportunity for us to get thinking about drinking. This year's theme is Alcohol and Mental Health. The Achieve Bolton, Bury, Salford and Trafford teams are running several virtual events, open to all, to get people talking:
- Coffee and Conversation, Wednesday 18 November 2020, 14:00 - 15:00
The annual information sharing alcohol quiz and mythbusting with Ross. This event will be held on Microsoft Teams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation
- Booze and Your Brain: A discussion with SJ and Claire (CBT Therapist), Thursday 19 November 18:00 - 19:00
Have a chat about managing your mental health and alcohol. This event will be held on Microsoft Teams, please email email@example.com for an invitation
- Achieve does Task Master, Friday 20 November 2020, 11:00 - 12:00
Join the team for their own version of the reality TV show. This event wil be held on Microsoft Teams, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invitation
Please see the posters below. If you'd like to come along to one or more of our online events, please don't hesitate to get in touch!
Our partners at Early Break are also offering free 45-minute online sessions across the week.
Please register by emailing email@example.com
Please see the poster below for more information.
Training for Staff and Volunteers
In recognition of alcohol awareness week, the SSN Occupational Development and Training team have 2 training sessions available to GMMH staff and volunteers. These courses are suitable for anyone who works with people experiencing problems with their use of alcohol or who wish to improve their knowledge of the subjects.
Alcohol Awareness (19/11/2020 10am-12.30pm)
This session will cover the physical, psychological and social effects of alcohol use. It will also equip learners with a knowledge of unit limits, drinking guidelines and ways of supporting people experiencing problems with their use of alcohol.
Promoting Mutual Aid (20/11/2020)
This session will equip participants with an understanding of the different types of mutual aid available to people who want to reduce or cease their use of alcohol and look at some effective strategies to promote engagement in mutual aid.
There is no charge to GMMH staff or volunteers to attend these online sessions.
To secure a place please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Further Resources for Alcohol Awareness
In honour of Alcohol Awareness Week UK, Alcohol Change has developed a range of useful resources to help you find out about the impact of alcohol on your health, and to advise you. You can download these resources below:
Alcohol and mental health.pdf - the relationship between alcohol and mental health is complex.
Am I drinking too much.pdf - knowing how much is too much can be confusing when it comes to alcohol.
Drinking tips.pdf - it can be hard to know what to do to make sure your drinking is healthy. Here are some tips.
Alcohol and the brain.pdf - in this factsheet we'll look at all the various ways alcohol can affect the health of your brain, and what you can do to look after it.
Alcohol and your mood.pdf - although we don't always think of it as such, alcohol is a psychoactive substance, meaning it can radically change the way we think and feel.
Alcohol units.pdf - what is a unit, and how many are in your drink?
Support with your drinking.pdf - if you are worried about your own or someone else's drinking, remember that there is always somewhere you can turn for support.
Someone else's drinking.pdf - when someone is drinking heavily it can cause problems also for those around them. But there are people you can turn to for help.