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Alcohol Awareness Week Part 1 Posted on 18 Nov 2020

Alcohol Awareness Week is happening this week commencing the 16th November 2020 to the 22nd November 2020.

What?
Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It's a week of awareness raising campaigning for change and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 is 'Alcohol and mental health’.

Who?
Alcohol Awareness Week is coordinated by the charity, Alcohol Change UK. Over 4,000 public health teams, workplaces, GP surgeries, pharmacies, hospitals, charities and other  community groups across the country are taking part in and organising events for the week.

Why?
When things get tough, we can find ourselves turning to alcohol to cope. But what many of us don't realise is that drinking too much and too often can make our mental health problems worse - such as anxiety and depression - and prevent them from being properly addressed.

So for this Alcohol Awareness Week, Alcohol Change UK are looking at the issues around alcohol and mental health, the best ways to look after ourselves and those we love during a year of great change and uncertainty. 

The relationship between alcohol and mental health is complex. Some of us use alcohol to try to help manage symptoms of anxiety and depression, but heavy drinking is likely to make those symptoms worse.

If you are feeling anxious, low or experiencing any other symptoms of mental health problems, or you think that you are drinking too much, you deserve support. You can speak to your GP, and get advice and help at www.mind.org.uk and www.alcoholchange.org.uk.