When was your last alcohol-free day?
Date Added: 16/11/2015
When was your last alcohol-free day? That’s one of the questions that Central Bedfordshire Council, Bedford Borough Council and their new shared drug and alcohol service provider will be encouraging residents to think about at a number of information and advice points during Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November).
A new one-stop service called Path to Recovery (P2R) is providing advice, support and treatment to adults in Central Bedfordshire and Bedford Borough whose lives are affected by drug or alcohol use.
The new P2R service includes hubs in Dunstable and Bedford where residents can drop-in, without an appointment or referral, to seek help with changing their drinking habits.
During Alcohol Awareness Week, P2R representatives will have information stands across Bedfordshire, inviting residents to pour themselves a drink to understand unit measures better, see how they fare in a quiz about alcohol and calories, and don a pair of ‘beer goggles’ to see the effects of alcohol on coordination.
P2R will be available at the following locations throughout Alcohol Awareness Week:
- Monday, 16 November, 9.00am to 4.00pm at a street drinking engagement day at the Salvation Army, Commercial Road, Bedford (MK40 1QS)
- Tuesday, 17 November, 10.00am to 3.00pm at Bedford Borough Council’s offices, Borough Hall, Cauldwell Street, Bedford (MK42 9AP)
- Wednesday, 18 November, 10.00am to 3.00pm at Central Bedfordshire Council’s offices at Watling House, High Street North, Dunstable (LU6 1LF)
- Thursday, 19 November, 10.00am to 3.00pm at Central Bedfordshire Council’s offices at Priory House, Monks Walk, Chicksands (SG17 5TQ)
- Friday, 20 November,10.00am to 2.00pm at the Biggleswade jobs fair at Biggleswade Baptist Church, 24 London Road, Biggleswade (SG18 8EB).
Cllr Maurice Jones, Executive Member for Health at Central Bedfordshire Council, said: “During Alcohol Awareness Week, we’ll be reminding residents that drinking responsibly is about more than just counting units, which is easily misjudged.
“We want residents to think about their drinking and the impact it has on their health and those around them. We’ll also be sharing tips to help people make healthy changes, like aiming for two alcohol-free days a week, and directing people to the Don’t Bottle It Up website which includes a number of suggestions for cutting down the amount of alcohol you drink.”
If you’d like to get help and support with changing your drinking habits, there are a range of options available to you:
- Visit the Don’t Bottle It Up website at https://dontbottleitup.org.uk/ where you can take a free, quick and confidential alcohol test, which can help identify the signs of harmful drinking, and connect you to local specialist alcohol support services
- Drop in to a P2R Hub where you’ll be able to talk to a specialist advisor in private about how your drinking habits are affecting you and others. You don’t need an appointment or a referral, and you can choose the Hub most convenient to you:
- Dunstable Hub: 67 High Street North, Dunstable, Bedfordshire, LU6 1JF. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.30pm. Late night opening every Tuesday until 8.00pm.
- Bedford Hub: 21 The Crescent, Bedford, MK40 3RT. Open Monday to Friday 9.00am-5.30pm. Late night opening every Thursday until 8.00pm.
- Make an appointment to talk to your GP, who can refer you to P2R, the local alcohol support and treatment service provider.
In addition, CAN YP Bedfordshire offers a range of support, information and advice to young people aged between 5 and 18 who use drugs and/or alcohol or who are affected by someone else’s use. CAN YP can be contacted by calling 01234 344911 or emailing [email protected] and their offices at 22 Grove Place, Bedford MK40 3JJ are open from 9am to 4.30pm Monday-Thursday and 9am to 4pm on Friday.