Have you been thinking about making a change this autumn? Change is the theme of Alcohol Awareness Week this November.
Alcohol Awareness Week is a chance to get people thinking about drinking and how it impacts their daily activities, relationships, health, and mental wellbeing.
You can get involved by considering the following: –
– How much are you drinking each week? You can use one of Drinkaware’s Self-Assessment tools to get to a full picture on your habits.
– Much of UK culture is based on alcohol consumption. Can you think how many of your social activities are based around drinking? Are their activities you enjoy or events you go to which don’t feature alcohol.
– Does alcohol affect your relationships with friends and partners? Does alcohol impact how you are behaving with other people?
– Does drinking alcohol and having hangovers impact your mood and how you think or feel about yourself?
You don’t have to see yourself as a problem drinker to start thinking about making changes to your drinking habits. Changes, even small changes, can open new opportunities for how you think, feel, and behave.
How can I make changes today?
- You can read fact sheets from Alcohol Change. Information is power! – https://alcoholchange.org.uk/alcohol-facts/fact-sheets.
- You can access advice on the small ways you can reduce your drinking – https://www.drinkaware.co.uk/advice/i-need-advice-to-reduce-my-drinking.
Don’t forget that you can speak with the Wellbeing and Mental Health team at any point in your studies if you have concerns about the impact alcohol or substance use has on your wellbeing.