“Alcohol Awareness Week is a good opportunity to assess your levels of drinking and the effect that alcohol has on your life. There is no shame in asking for help if you struggle to control your drinking. If you think you may have a problem with alcohol, there is lots of support out there to help you. For me it was Alcoholics Anonymous because they helped me to see that I wasn’t going through this on my own.”
Get help if you need it
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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.
Doctor Sophie Coronini-Cronberg, Public Health Consultant for Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust said: “The more alcohol you drink, the higher your risk of developing serious health problems – especially if you drink a lot regularly. Possible health problems include heart and liver disease, certain cancers, brain damage and reduced fertility. By cutting down, even a little, you can benefit from reducing the risks to your health, losing weight and having more energy.”
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