This year's campaign, run by Alcohol Concern and supported by Adfam (they provide information and support to families of drugs and alcohol users), runs from 13 19 November. The theme is alcohol and the impact this can have on families.
In support, we are asking people to fill in a short anonymous online survey which will give them an idea of their own alcohol consumption, and whether any lifestyle changes should be considered. The survey can be found online.
Current guidelines advise not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis. It is also best to spread your drinking over three or more days, rather than storing your units up for one boozy night.
There are specialist services available for anyone who is experiencing problems with their use of alcohol and or drugs and those who are affected by it. Bill Nevill from Salisbury, who after a difficult time in his life accessed help from the Wiltshire Substance Misuse Service, is now a peer mentor to help support people. Bill has shared his emotional story with us (please see notes to editors).
The service, commissioned by Wiltshire Council has supported 1,740 people for alcohol misuse in the last year (November 2016 to October 2017).
These services are based in the community and are free and confidential. They are designed to help people get back on their feet by addressing their issues and helping them to make lasting, positive life changes. There is no time limit on the support and treatment on offer and the aims are to be a stepping stone to a healthier life with more opportunities.
On Thursday (16 November) at County Hall in The Atrium there will also be information and signposting available all day on a stand. Health professionals will there between 12pm and 2pm so please pop along to chat with them and get some advice. Information and support will also be available the Old George Mail Salisbury today (13 November) and at the Shires Trowbridge on Friday (17 November) from 10am to 2pm.
Wiltshire Council Conservative cabinet member for public health, Jerry Wickham said:
"This year's campaign theme is families, and the devastating impact that harmful drinking can have on them. We have high-quality support services in place for anyone who thinks they might have a drink problem and I'd urge anyone to get in touch and make that first step towards a healthier and happier life."
To find out more about the services available and how you, or someone you know, can be helped, please visit Turning Point's website or call 0345 603 6993.
More information about Adfam can be found on their website.