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Let’s Talk

Mags Mackenzie is CEO of Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA), this is her personal opinion on the need for honest talking between alcohol and mental health services. When you work in a community alcohol service you become accustomed to encountering people who are in a very dark place. Some of the people who findContinue reading “Let’s Talk”

Days Like This

‘When it’s not always raining there’ll be days like this’ As we try to navigate ourselves safely out of lockdown, those worry-free days which Van Morrison’s mama told him about seem few and far between. The rain definitely doesn’t help, but it’s more than Scottish Summer blues that is seeing our referral rates rocket for theContinue reading “Days Like This”

Is It Time To Cool It For Covid?

Is Covid-19 leading you to rethink your drinking? Or are you drinking to avoid thinking? The global pandemic appears to be dividing people into two camps — those steering clear of alcohol or drastically limiting their drinking until it’s all over, and those in search of solace at the bottom of a glass or bottle. At DACAContinue reading “Is It Time To Cool It For Covid?”

Recovery In A Time of Crisis

How To Help Yourself and Others For many people struggling with a drink problem, social isolation is familiar territory. It’s not unusual for close relationships to become distant and estranged, as the ripple effect of addiction scours through the lives of those it touches. Many drinkers self-isolate for years as a way to hide the scaleContinue reading “Recovery In A Time of Crisis”

Want to Save Money, Lose Weight and Sleep Better?

As we bid farewell to 2019 and look forward to not just a new year but the dawn of a new decade many of us reflect on what we would like to do differently. Personal health and fitness are usually top of our lists. Gym memberships are renewed, walking and cycling gear dusted down andContinue reading “Want to Save Money, Lose Weight and Sleep Better?”

A Manifesto To Tackle Alcohol Harm

At Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA), we see first-hand the human cost of alcohol harm. We see people suffering with chronic poor health, dying well before their time. We see spouses struggling to stay together as the ripple effect of a partner’s drinking takes its toll. We see children separated from their parents becauseContinue reading “A Manifesto To Tackle Alcohol Harm”

Alcohol & Me…Marie’s Story

“I’m not naturally outgoing and I’ve always found social events and groups to be quite daunting. When I was at university, I started having a few drinks before going out in the evening, which I believed took the edge off my social anxiety, and helped me to be more chatty and fun in company. IContinue reading “Alcohol & Me…Marie’s Story”

Alcohol Awareness Week 2019

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 hubContinue reading “Alcohol Awareness Week 2019”

DACA’s AGM and Annual Report — 2018–19

After 43 years of working in West Dunbartonshire, there are few local charities with the organisational memory, knowledge and experience which Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA) can bring to the community. Our AGMs are always a timely reminder of this as we welcome back past and present clients, colleagues, volunteers, Board members, partners andContinue reading “DACA’s AGM and Annual Report — 2018–19”