The County Durham Drug & Alcohol Recovery Services are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange.
It is part of a campaign led by the Durham service during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking.
Anne Bell, Services Manager for County Durham Drug & Alcohol Recovery Services said: “We are hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”
Anne continued: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.
“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”
Andy Pearson, Clinical Service Manager for County Durham Drug & Alcohol Recovery Services , said: “Many people describe themselves as ‘social drinkers’ and might not think that their alcohol intake is harmful, but you don’t need to be drinking heavily to benefit from cutting down a little. Much of the harm caused by alcohol is gradual, so staying within the safer drinking limits can help protect your long-term health.”
Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.