In line with beginning of Alcohol Awareness Week (11-17 November), the North West London CCG’s have launched a campaign to help teach our local residents more about alcohol and its affects on our bodies, our lives and the lives of those around us. You can follow the campaign developments and find out about ways to seek support by following the hashtag #KnowAlcohol.
A growing body of evidence is gradually revealing the burden that alcohol misuse is placing upon our public services with an estimated cost to the NHS of £3.5 billion each year.
Amongst the general public there seems to be a general lack of awareness of the increased risks of disease and early death that excessive drinking can cause, with more than 20,000 people in North West being dependent on alcohol. Of these almost 18,000 are not receiving any treatment to help them reduce this.
- Last year 1.2 million people were admitted to hospital because of alcohol
- Around 200,000 children in England live with an alcohol dependent parent or carer which can have lifelong negative effects on their health and wellbeing.
Get help if you need it
Click here to take the Alcohol Change quiz and check how much you are drinking.
Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. If you think you need help please don’t struggle alone. Asking for help is one of the bravest things you can do. If you need some support to control your drinking there’s help available and there’s no shame in seeking it. Talk to your GP or local alcohol service, visit www.nhs.uk/live-well/alcohol-support/ for more information.
Join the conversation
To read stories from people who have been through difficulties and come out the other side, and for recommendations from clinicians, follow the hashtag #KnowAlcohol and @HealthierNWL, or on Facebook search for NHS Stay Well and Linkedin: North West London Collaboration of Clinical Commissioning Groups