Corby Borough Council’s Safer Corby Team are working alongside various partners this week (16th – 20th November) to support National Alcohol Awareness Week, a campaign coordinated by UK charity Alcohol Change UK.
Throughout the week the team aims to raise awareness of the health and social impact of alcohol as well as provide information and support to individuals.
The Safer Corby Team support this campaign every year, however with the incredible stress and challenges that we have all faced during 2020, particularly during lockdown, alcohol awareness and support is even more relevant.
As part of this year’s campaign singer/songwriter Henry Maybury will be delivering a virtual alcohol awareness session to 2 local primary schools to talk about his personal experience of how alcohol affected his family and personal life. Henry is a 22-year-old singer songwriter who made his debut in 2014. His initial song ‘Lost Days’ was written for his brother Tom who died as a result of alcohol addiction, aged just 29. The performances are being funded by the Community Alcohol Partnerships England.
A QR code Treasure Hunt has also been re-launched at Tresham Institute, where students answer questions around alcohol awareness from QR codes located on the Tresham site for a chance to win a day out gift experience.
Corby Morrisons and Tesco supermarkets are also getting involved and are installing bollard covers on their sites to help promote key public health messages about excessive drinking and where people can get support.
Corby Borough Council’s Lead member for Housing and Neighbourhood Services, Cllr Bob Eyles said:
‘This year has been very challenging for everyone due to Covid and as a result, drinking especially at home will have increased, as a way for people to cope with stress. Alcohol not only affects your health but also can be a major factor in incidents of anti-social behaviour and crime and disorder. It’s important for Corby Borough Council to support this campaign and help local people get the support and information they need to make safe choices around their drinking.’
For anyone needing support, further information or has been affected by alcohol or excessive drinking, the following organisations can offer help and support:
- Samaritans – 116 123 (24 hours)
- Adfam – a charity providing support to family members or friends affected by alcohol, drug use or gambling www.adfam.org.uk
- Alcohol Change UK – www.alcoholchange.org.uk
The Safer Corby Team has also compiled 4 videos available to watch on the following youtube links:
- What is a unit of alcohol – Drinkaware https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCcLlEQVX1E
- The effects of drinking https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J-5QQT-ZUMU
- Enjoy more drink free days with no alcholidays – Drinkaware https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cvnTjKv_FE4
- 100 days without alcohol: Here’s what happened https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ci44M4B5wz4