GET INVOLVED IN NI ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK
Northern Ireland’s Alcohol Awareness Week, supported by the Public Health Agency and the five Drug and Alcohol Coordination Teams, takes place annually during the third week of June (Monday through to Sunday). in 2021, this is 14 June – 20 June.
For the past few years we have encouraged people to take a closer look at their drinking habits by counting their units to see if they’re staying within the recommended weekly limits. We have now also introduced an encouragement that everyone will ‘AUDIT’ their drinking using our handy tool.
Over three-quarters of adults in Northern Ireland drink alcohol, but consuming too much can seriously affect our health. It is important that we can understand our drinking behaviour and explore our relationship with alcohol. Small changes can make a big difference.
Below you will find some links to our online tools and info booklets. Visit this section again each May/June to find out more about our latest alcohol awareness week plans. To find out what is happening locally that you might want to get involved in, contact your local Connections team – see our About section for details.
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
+ When drinking at home, measure your drinks as you pour, don’t ‘free pour’
+ 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
Talk to someone, you are not alone.
Lifeline counsellors are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to listen and help, in confidence.
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.