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Alcohol Awareness Week

Alert message sent 16/11/2021 09:23:00

Information sent on behalf of Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner

Many of us drink alcohol for a variety of ever-changing reasons, including: to relax, to socialise, to de-stress, to have fun, to relieve boredom, to deal with feelings of loneliness, and to try and cope with or avoid problems.
But drinking too much and too often can cause or exacerbate all sorts of problems with our physical and mental health, including damaging relationships with our loved ones. It can heighten family tensions, get in the way of clear communication, and mean we are less present for each other, including our children.
For some of us, alcohol can become a central aspect of our relationships with friends, family or partners. This can stop us from taking action to improve our drinking habits, even when those habits aren't working for us.
And if a loved one is drinking heavily, it can cause huge worry. There is also a real risk of someone's drinking causing serious conflict, with alcohol being a factor in many cases of child neglect and domestic abuse.
Alcohol is also strongly associated with mental health problems like anxiety and depression. Over the course of the pandemic these problems have undoubtedly got worse for many of us.
As we return to a more normal life, there will be new pressures too - pressures to drink, sober shaming (being made to feel not drinking is wrong), and the pressures we put on ourselves to get back to 'normal' socialising.
But by taking control of our drinking, we can see better, happier relationships, as well as improved health and wellbeing. A great way to start is by recording what you drink for a few weeks to help you understand your drinking pattern, then setting yourself some small achievable goals to get it back under control.

Stephanie Marwood
Safer Together Coordinator for Lincoln and West Lindsey
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Stephanie Marwood (Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner, Safer Together Coordinator Lincoln and West Lindsey, Lincolnshire)
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