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Worcestershire Alcohol Support

Want to cut down on your drinking?

During Alcohol Awareness Week and beyond, Cranstoun Worcestershire can support you to make healthier alcohol choices.

The last few years have been a time of change with the combination of COVID and the impact of the increase in the cost of living. For some alcohol has started to play an increasingly important part in their lives.

Cranstoun Worcestershire is supporting Alcohol Awareness Week 2024, and the theme for this year is Understanding alcohol harm. We have provided some useful resources below, and if you need further advice or information please contact our service.

If you are curious as to whether your drinking is starting to affect your health and home life, take the short quiz below:

  • Have you ever felt you needed to Cut down on your drinking?
  • Have people Annoyed you by criticising your drinking?
  • Have you ever felt Guilty about drinking?
  • Have you ever felt you needed a drink first thing in the morning (Eye-opener) to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover?

If you’ve answered yes to two or more of these questions you may want to make some changes to your drinking to improve your health. Recognising you may be drinking too much is an important first step towards making healthier life choices.

You may be drinking more than you think

We’re advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis, however with so many different drinks and glass sizes available it’s easy to get confused.

You may be surprised at how much you are really drinking.

According to the NHS, the below drinks represent one unit of alcohol.

Reduce the harm

Reducing alcohol use can be a positive step towards improving your health. Here are some tips that may help you to reduce your drinking.

  1. Set clear goals which matter to you to help you stay focused. Maybe you want to cut down, have some alcohol-free days, or set a maximum number of drinks on a night out.
  2. Identify triggers and develop coping mechanisms. Think about when and why you drink. Recognise some situations, emotions, or people may trigger your desire to drink. Develop some coping mechanisms, such as engaging in physical activities, trying relaxation techniques, or seeking support from friends or family.
  3. Plan alternative activities: Try something different, look for and take part in activities to replace drinking such as exploring hobbies, joining clubs/groups, or spending more time with friends and family. Keeping yourself busy with other activities can reduce the temptation to drink.
  4. Modify your environment: So that it becomes more of an effort to get a drink, remove or limit alcohol in your surroundings. Avoid keeping alcohol at home or in easily accessible places. This step can help minimise the temptation to drink as you actively seek it out and sometimes it is just out of habit.
  5. Practice self-care: Look after you, you are really important. Focus on self-care activities for your own wellbeing. Engage in regular exercise, eat a balanced diet, get enough sleep and try to manage stress levels. Looking after you means you are in a better place if you need to look after others. Taking care of your physical and mental health can reduce the urge to rely on alcohol.
  6. Track your progress: Note it down – you may be surprised how much you drank last week. Keep a journal or use a tracking app to record your alcohol consumption and progress toward your goals. Seeing your progress over time can inspire you to continue reducing your alcohol use.
  7. Seek support: Reach out to supportive friends, family members, or reach out to Cranstoun who can help.

Contact us

Cranstoun Worcestershire inspires and empowers people to live healthier and safer lives. We provide free and confidential alcohol support.

We’re here to help, not judge, and can offer advice and information to help you change your relationship with alcohol and improve your health.

You can find our contact details below and you can visit our main web page here.

Reach out early and make positive changes.

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Location(s)

Cranstoun Worcestershire

Cranstoun Worcestershire

Castle House
14 Castle Street
Worcester
WR1 3AD

Open Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm. (Excludes Bank Holidays).
Cranstoun Worcestershire’s phone lines open from 9.30am.

0300 303 8200

worcs@cranstoun.org.uk

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