GET INVOLVED IN THE NI ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK 2019

This Alcohol Awareness Week (17-23 June 2019), drinkers are being encouraged to take a closer look at their drinking habits and count their units to see if they’re staying within the recommended weekly limits.

The Public Health Agency (PHA) and Northern Ireland’s five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams (DACTs) are asking people to take stock, give themselves an “alcohol MOT” and be aware of the 14 unit per week limit.

Many of us enjoy a drink when at home or out with friends, but we need to be aware of the effect that alcohol can have on us and those around us particularly when we drink to excess. Over three-quarters of adults in Northern Ireland drink alcohol, but consuming too much can seriously affect our health.

A good starting point is to look at how much you do drink, and the PHA website www.drugsandalcoholni.info/mot has an interactive alcohol MOT where you can check how many units you drink and its possible impact. The recommendation is that both men and women drink no more than 14 units per week and that it’s best to spread your units evenly over three days or more. You can’t ‘save up’ your units for a particular day or a party.

Many people might use alcohol to relax, but, instead of helping us to cope, excess amounts can have an immediate and long-term negative impact on our lives. In the short term, the undesirable effects of drinking too much can include symptoms such as vomiting and hangovers. However, more serious risks from drinking heavily can include, damage to vital organs, falls or accidents that can result in injury.
Drinking too much can also affect our judgement, leading us to do things we wouldn’t otherwise do and that we might regret later. These can include unplanned sexual activity, relationship difficulties, fighting, or spoiling events for you, your family and friends.

It is therefore important that people start to understand their drinking behaviour and explore their relationship with alcohol. Small changes can make a big difference.

DOWNLOAD THE NEW ‘KNOW YOUR UNITS’ APP NOW…

OUR EVENTS LIST FOR YOUR AREA

Belfast Connection Events
Monday 17th JuneExtern, Royal AvenueAll Day
Monday 17th JuneConnswater Shopping Centre11am to 3pm
Tuesday 18th JuneMater Hospital12pm to 2pm
Tuesday 18th JuneMen’s Health, Crusaders FC7pm to 9pm
Wednesday 19th JuneLloyds/Blackhorse, Gasworks10am to 2pm
Wednesday 19th JuneRoyal Victoria Hospital12pm to 2pm
Thursday 20th JuneKennedy Centre1pm to 5pm
Friday 21st JuneCity Hospital12pm to 2pm

Don’t see an event near you? Check out our full events calendar here.

Southern Connection Events
Monday 17th JuneNewry Leisure Center10am to 4pm
Tuesday 18th JuneAsda, Portadown10am to 4pm
Wednesday 19th JuneSRC Newry10am to 4pm
Thursday 20th JuneCraigavon Hospital10am to 1pm
Friday 21st JuneSainsbury’s Armagh10am to 4pm
Northern Connection Events
Monday 17th JuneTower Centre, BallymenaAll Day
Tuesday 18th JuneHoly Trinity School, Cookstown10am to 12.30pm
Friday 21st JuneCheers Youth Centre, Ballymoney7pm to 9.30pm
Western Connection Events
Wednesday 19th JuneCastlederg Healthy Living Centre4pm to 8pm
Thursday 20th JuneCafé Culture Holywell Trust, Derry2pm to 4pm

AAW Music Cafe

There will also be information stands with lots of helpful information and resources from June 17th to June 21st in Omagh Hospital Complex & Omagh Library

South East Connections will have information stands with lots of helpful information and resources in the following locations from June 17th until June 21st in the following locations:

Ballymacash Community Centre, Newtownards Safe Space, YMCA Newcastle, Resurgam, Holywood & Dundrum

Alcohol Awareness Week Top Tips:
TO STAY HEALTHY AND REDUCE RISK…

+ Understand how much you’re drinking by taking the alcohol MOT – www.drugsandalcoholni.info/mot

+ Learn how many units are in your chosen drink – visit our homepage www.drugsandalcoholni.info and download the ‘Know Your Units’ app

+ When drinking at home measure and track your alcohol intake by using one of our newly produced ‘Know Your Units’ cups

+ Always look after yourself and know what your limits are

+ Have something to eat before you start drinking to slow down the absorption of alcohol

+ Alternate each alcoholic drink with a non-alcoholic drink, for example, water or a soft drink

+ Take frequent five minute breaks from drinking to give your body time to recover

+ Avoid drinking in rounds or having a kitty as this may result in you drinking more

+ Keep track of your drinks and don’t let anyone top up your drink until it’s finished

+ If a friend does drink too much, don’t leave them alone or let them wander off, rather, encourage them to rehydrate with non-alcoholic drinks

+ Never add drugs into the mix

TAKE YOUR DRINKING FOR AN MOT TEST!
IF YOU’D LIKE TO CHECK YOUR OWN ALCOHOL INTAKE AND WHETHER YOU’RE PUTTING YOURSELF AT RISK PLEASE COMPLETE OUR ONLINE ALCOHOL MOT.

DOWNLOAD SOME HELPFUL READING AND TOOLS BELOW…

In Crisis?
Need help?

Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.

T: 0808 808 8000

Deaf and hard of hearing Textphone users can call Lifeline on 18001 0808 808 8000. Calls to Lifeline are free to people living in Northern Ireland who are calling from UK landlines and mobiles.

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