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Has your drinking crept up during lockdown and you’d like to cut back? Are you curious to learn more about the impact alcohol has on your physical and mental health? Did you miss Dry January but would still like to take positive action towards improving your drinking habits?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, you’re not alone. And if so, you may wish to join us on one of our ‘Alcohol and Me’ webinars in early February. Join on the day using the links at the bottom of this page.

“We know the pandemic has led to people drinking more, often because they’re bored, feeling miserable or just for lack of anything else to do,” says Psychological Services Lead Jane Rosso. “We’re hearing more and more from beneficiaries whose drinking isn’t at a level of addiction, but is definitely more than they would like it to be. So we wanted to take steps to address this and equip people with the tools to redress the balance with their drinking habits and make positive, long-term change for the benefit of their physical and mental health as part of an overall healthy lifestyle.”

Our webinars will take place via a public Zoom link at 1pm on Tuesday 2 February and 5.30pm on Wednesday 10 February. There is no need to register beforehand, and we will be using Zoom Webinars, so cameras will be off and microphones muted, and questions asked to our panel of experts anonymously via a direct chat feed.

“We want people to feel comfortable in being curious about their drinking habits, so we felt it was important no one worried about sharing their identity to take part,” says Jane. “Participants can use any name they wish and questions will be moderated by a member of our team.”

Featuring the expertise of our Psychological and Nursing teams, each session will offer a presentation that discusses the impacts alcohol can have on all aspects of our health and wellbeing. There will also be a chance to ask questions through a live chat function.

“This will be a chance for people to learn more about the how alcohol can affect all aspects of your lives, from your sleep and mental health, to long-term physical effects,” says Jane. “And most importantly, it will equip our beneficiaries with strategies to make changes to the amount they drink for the benefit of their long-term health and wellbeing. Should anyone wish to explore options for further support afterwards, we will also share the option to complete a contact form and a member of our team will be in touch to arrange a one-to-one advice session.”

The webinars are part of our Healthy Lifestyle programme that will run throughout February and March. The health awareness campaign will be looking at all aspects of healthy lifestyles and why – during the coronavirus pandemic – it has never been more important to make choices that increase your chance of fighting off diseases.