GET INVOLVED IN THE NI ALCOHOL AWARENESS WEEK 2019
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.
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.
OUR EVENTS LIST FOR YOUR AREA
Belfast Connection Events
|Monday 17th June||Extern, Royal Avenue||All Day|
|Monday 17th June||Connswater Shopping Centre||11am to 3pm|
|Tuesday 18th June||Mater Hospital||12pm to 2pm|
|Tuesday 18th June||Men’s Health, Crusaders FC||7pm to 9pm|
|Wednesday 19th June||Lloyds/Blackhorse, Gasworks||10am to 2pm|
|Wednesday 19th June||Royal Victoria Hospital||12pm to 2pm|
|Thursday 20th June||Kennedy Centre||1pm to 5pm|
|Friday 21st June||City Hospital||12pm to 2pm|
Don’t see an event near you? Check out our full events calendar here.
Southern Connection Events
|Monday 17th June||Newry Leisure Center||10am to 4pm|
|Tuesday 18th June||Asda, Portadown||10am to 4pm|
|Wednesday 19th June||SRC Newry||10am to 4pm|
|Thursday 20th June||Craigavon Hospital||10am to 1pm|
|Friday 21st June||Sainsbury’s Armagh||10am to 4pm|
Northern Connection Events
|Monday 17th June||Tower Centre, Ballymena||All Day|
|Tuesday 18th June||Holy Trinity School, Cookstown||10am to 12.30pm|
|Friday 21st June||Cheers Youth Centre, Ballymoney||7pm to 9.30pm|
Western Connection Events
|Wednesday 19th June||Castlederg Healthy Living Centre||4pm to 8pm|
|Thursday 20th June||Café Culture Holywell Trust, Derry||2pm to 4pm|
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
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.