A short video giving tips and advice on alcohol has been released for Alcohol Awareness Week which takes place from 14 to 20 November 2016.
Alcohol Awareness Week is run by Alcohol Concern and supported by Public Health England. This year, the campaign focuses on alcohol and health, and the health risks associated with drinking.
Dr Phil Cooper is a Nurse Consultant in Alcohol and Drug Misuse for 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and in the video, he discusses the importance of alcohol misuse awareness and the different coping mechanisms for those struggling with alcohol misuse.
An important aspect of the campaign is highlighting that alcohol can impact negatively on people’s mental health and wellbeing, and not just their physical health.
Dr Cooper said: “Lots of people drink alcohol to try and help them feel more relaxed, but if you have a mental health problem like anxiety, alcohol can actually make your symptoms worse.
Instead of turning to alcohol, there are lots of other ways you can manage your symptoms, such as learning relaxation and controlled breathing techniques to relieve stress and anxiety, and by making time for things that make you feel good in your daily routine to boost your mood and improve your wellbeing.”
You can watch Dr Cooper’s video on the Trust’s website to find out his other advice on improving mental wellbeing.
If you would like to find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week, you can visit alcoholconcern.org.uk
You can also find out more about Alcohol Awareness Week at @5BoroughsNHS and follow the campaign at @AlcoholConcern using the hashtag #AAW2016