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Struggling with alcohol? There is support out there

With more than a quarter of Wiltshire’s adult population regularly drinking more than they should, Wiltshire Council’s alcohol support services are out and about in the community this week providing advice and guidance to those who might be struggling. 

In total 21.3% of Wiltshire’s adult population regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week and there are an estimated 3,960 people in Wiltshire who are alcohol dependent. During 2020-2021, 388 new people presented to Wiltshire’s adult service for alcohol only treatment. 

Therefore, this week Wiltshire Council and its alcohol support services – Turning Point and Motiv8 – will be raising awareness about alcohol consumption, the risks associated with alcohol, how to stay safe whilst drinking and where to access support for those who need it. 

IMPACT Swindon & Wiltshire Active Recovery Service is run by Turning Point and it provides free drug and alcohol support. Over the weekend members of the Turning Point team attended Salisbury Pride, and on 4 July they will have an information stand in the Shires in Trowbridge from 10am until 4pm. On Thursday 7 July they will be at the Market Square in Salisbury from 10am – 4pm, and throughout the week they will be doing some outreach work in local parks. 

In addition, this week Turning Point will be sharing videos raising awareness about alcohol and the impact of alcohol on physical and mental health on their Recovery News Channel which can be accessed by following Recovery News Channel - YouTube

Motiv8, from Developing Health & Independence (DHI) a substance misuse service for young people aged 11-18 in Wiltshire, will also be out and about during the week. They will have a team at The Rise Trust in Calne on Thursday 7 July, and all week Motiv8 are involved in Junior Good Citizen, where young people will have the opportunity to experience approximately eight different scenarios themed around personal safety which are run by different agencies, including Dorset and Wiltshire Fire and Rescue Service, Youth Offending, Wiltshire Council and Wiltshire Police. 

In addition, DHI provides an online advice tool for young people called The Wrap. It has launched a range of specialist resources that schools, colleges and professionals working with young people can access for free in Wiltshire. More information can be found at https://www.dhi-online.org.uk/about-us/news/free-teaching-resources-for-schools-and-colleges-in-wiltshire, with a promo video at How The Wrap Can Help You! - YouTube

Cllr Ian Blair-Pilling, Wiltshire Council Cabinet Member for Public Health, said: “It’s been a tough couple of years and that may mean more people are seeking solace through alcohol, and perhaps drinking more than they should be. Our expert support teams are here to help anyone who thinks they might have a problem, or perhaps are worried that one is developing. 

“As stated in our Business Plan, our mission is for Wiltshire to be a place where we are safe and to help people adopt healthy behaviours. Our hope is in talking about this topic, and getting out and about in the community, that more people will feel comfortable enough to come forward and admit they are struggling, and our teams will be there to help them every step of the way.” 

More information about Turning Point can be found at https://www.turning-point.co.uk/services/impact

More information about Motiv8 can be found at https://www.dhi-online.org.uk/get-help/young-peoples-drug-alcohol-services/motiv8

In addition, more information and a round-up of support can be found on the Wiltshire Council website at https://www.wiltshire.gov.uk/article/1518/Drugs-and-alcohol.

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