Campaign to promote sensible festive drinking

LOCAL agencies are taking to social networking sites to promote sensible drinking in the Montrose area over the festive period.

Run county-wide by Tayside Police, Tayside Fire and Rescue, Angus Council, NHS Tayside and the voluntary and private sector, the Focus on Alcohol Angus initiative aims to encourage safe and sensible drinking over Christmas and New Year.

Throughout December, Focus on Alcohol Angus will get its message across by providing supporting information to the area’s young people through Twitter and Facebook as well as a short project on alcohol awareness in local schools aimed at girls aged 13 to 15 who have been highlighted as a more vulnerable group.

This year the campaign is also being backed by Asda and Tesco’s Angus stores which will feature public displays manned by representatives from the partner agencies who will provide support, information and advice on sensible drinking.

Susan Wilson, Angus Community Health Partnership general manager, said: “We want everyone to enjoy the festive season safely and we recognise that many people use alcohol as part of their Christmas celebrations. We are promoting our alcohol message - “Make Christmas a Time to Remember, Drink Sensibly”.

“We want to support people to look out for dangers and to keep themselves, their families and others safe so Christmas will be remembered for all the right reasons.”

Further information about the campaign is available online at www.focusonalcohol.org