As the festive party season nears, partners from the Focus on Alcohol project, which is part of the Angus Alcohol and Drug Partnership (ADP), are encouraging people to consider the impact of alcohol as part of their local Alcohol Awareness Week (December 5-11).
Partners are running a variety of information events to provide advice about the safe consumption of alcohol and people will be encouraged to consider the effects of regularly drinking above the recommended alcohol guidelines. Information will also be given on the support services available in Angus.
During the week, awareness stands are being held in ASDA Forfar, Whitehills Health and Community Care Centre, Arbroath Infirmary, Brechin and Montrose leisure centres and Angus Council sites. These stands will provide information and advice, as well as free unit measuring cups.
A festive safety menu, which promotes safety messages from Focus on Alcohol, Angus Violence Against Women Partnership, Choose Life, Scottish Fire and Rescue and Police Scotland, will also be delivered to licensed premises across Angus.
Laura Ogilvie, acting senior planning officer for Angus ADP, said: “It is very easy to over-indulge with alcohol at this time of year but small changes can make a big difference to the impact alcohol has on you and those around you.
“Using a unit measuring cup when drinking at home, choosing non-alcoholic drinks between alcoholic ones, opting for lower percentage wine in the supermarket and eating before or during a meal will all help lower the risks associated with alcohol consumption.”