We’re hosting a series of pop-up events across Clydebank and Dumbarton to talk to people about the impact of alcohol on their lives.
We will have a stall in Clydebank shopping centre and Clyde Shop Mobility on Monday November 11, Clydebank Health Centre on Tuesday November 12 and the Chest, Heart & Stroke community hub in Dumbarton Town Centre on Wednesday November 13.
We’re also hosting a larger event in Clydebank Leisure Centre on November 14 which will include therapy tasters, quizzes and information stalls.
The events are part of the national Alcohol Awareness Week, which this year focuses on the impact alcohol has on our bodies, our lives and our loves.
Our Chief Executive Officer, Mags Mackenzie, explained: “Alcohol is part of our culture — almost our national identity, so it can make it difficult for people to recognise when it is having a negative impact on their lives.
“You don’t need to be a problem drinker for alcohol to cause problems in your life. It can affect your health, your family, your work and you might not be aware of the scale of the impact.
“We’ll be out and about with our alcohol awareness pop-up stalls chatting to people about low risk guidelines and sharing tips and ideas on how to reduce drinking levels.”
Although alcohol is associated with socialising and relaxation it is in fact a depressant, so our Steps to Well-being team will be joining some of the pop-up sessions to offer therapeutic tasters as a healthy alternative to booze.
Mags added: “A lot of people will pour a couple of glasses of wine or have a few beers when they go home from work to de-stress and relax. They don’t see that as a problem. But if you’re doing this most nights and perhaps socialising with friends at the weekend it all adds up.
“Alcohol is linked to over 60 medical conditions including at least six forms of cancer and anything over a bottle of wine or five pints of normal strength beer a week is above the government’s low risk drinking guidelines.
“Our Steps to Well-being team provide a range of complementary therapies. They have been offering this service to people accessing support at DACA for nearly a year and the benefits it has both on drinking and overall well-being are significant.
“So if you want to have a chat about your drinking or that of a loved one please come along to one of our events and tell us about alcohol and you.”
For more information call 01389 731456 or 0141 9520881 or pop into our offices at Westbridgend Lodge in Dumbarton and 82 Dumbarton Road in Clydebank.