Some 20 people die each day as a result of drinking alcohol. But alcohol harm is not inevitable, says the charity.
The theme for this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week is alcohol and mental health. Approximately one in four people in the UK experience a mental health problem each year and drinking too much or too often can increase the risk of mental health issues. Many people are unaware of the link between alcohol and poor mental health and alcohol is often the first thing people turn to when feeling low, stressed, worried or unable to cope, according to the charity. This can then enhance underlying problems such as depression and anxiety, which may already be exacerbated as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Alcohol Change UK hopes to raise awareness about how drinking affects an individual, but also their family, friends, work, communities and society as a whole.
Pharmacy teams can get involved and help raise awareness about alcohol use and mental health using the free digital resources available from Alcohol Change UK. Posters, social media images, quizzes, factsheets and more are available to download online.
There are lots of health campaigns running throughout November that pharmacy teams can get involved in. Find out more about: