The theme of this year’s Alcohol Awareness week was Change. Drinking a little less has been shown to have great effects on your mental and physical health, but it’s not always easy to cut down. Whether or not you see your alcohol use as problematic, we can all arm ourselves with the knowledge needed to reduce alcohol related harm. Visit Alcohol Change and Drink Aware for facts and tips on how to reduce your drinking, and support others to do the same.
WDP Square Mile Health want to encourage and support people in the City of London to make a change. As part of our activities for Alcohol Awareness Week we arranged a Health and Wellbeing event at Golden Lane Estate’s wonderful new Community Centre. As well as advice on alcohol consumption and smoking cessation, residents of the estate could also speak to services such as Mind, Homerton Sexual Health Services, City Advice, Health in the City, City Lit, Fusion Health and Fitness, British Lung Foundation and City Livingwise. The theme of the event was “5 Ways to Thrive”, focusing on the government initiative to promote wellbeing through 5 simple actions:
- being physically active;
- connecting with others;
- giving back
- taking notice of the world around us and
- learning new things.
For more information visit FiveToThrive.net.
Other events during Alcohol Awareness Week included information and awareness stalls in St Bart’s Hospital and Coventry University London Campus. Our aim was to reach as many students, workers and residents as possible within the Square Mile to promote healthier drinking and encourage people to make a change. This message is more relevant than ever coming into the festive period so we would encourage people to keep track of their units and drink more mindfully in the coming weeks and into 2019.