NEW ALCOHOL GUIDELINES
The government’s alcohol guidelines are changing to reflect new evidence about the link between alcohol and health harms. New guidance includes changes to the amount men and women can regularly drink, one-off drinking sessions and advice for drinking in pregnancy
The new guidelines that came into effect from 8 January 2016 will help people make better choices about their drinking
The core of the new guidelines for adults is:
• a new weekly guideline for regular drinking is that it is safest not to exceed 14 units
weekly, for both men and women
• the weekly guideline will be clearly labelled as for ‘low risk’ drinking not ‘safe’ drinking;
recent evidence on alcohol and cancer means there is no level without any risk; the evidence for a
protective effect from heart disease for moderate drinking is also less strong than it was;
nevertheless, most people can drink within the guidelines at low risk.
Further information on the new guidelines can be acessed on Drinkaware's website by clicking here
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs - Bereavement Support Service
Scottish Families offers a FREE and confidential support service to provide listening and emotional support in the immediate period after the loss of a loved one and, if appropriate, can arrange up to 6 face to face counselling sessions. They can also give you information about local peer support groups to meet together with people who have experienced a similar loss.
How to access the service
Contact the Helpline 08080 101011 (free from landlines and mobiles) Monday to Friday 0900-1700 hours. Outwith these times you can leave a voicemail message and you will receive a callback from the Bereavement Support Team within 48 hours. You can also email email@example.com.
You will receive an initial telephone appointment from the Bereavement Co-ordinator within 5 working days of making contact with the Helpline.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs Drop In Sessions Gretna
If you are worried about someone you care about misusing alcohol or drugs SFAD are here to help by offering support and information. Please see below for Gretna drop in sessions and contact details
Alcohol and Drugs Support SWS (ADS)
For a copy of the annual report please click here
Wellness and Recovery College - UWS
The Dumfries and Galloway Wellness and Recovery College, is a local initiative that delivers a range of wellness and recovery focussed learning and development opportunities. Courses will provide students with a range of learning opportunities, these may include:
Learning skills and strategies to cope with challenging times, for example in relation to change and loss
Strengthening personal coping skills
Developing and maintaining positive relationships
Helping to understand personal responses to situations
Courses vary in content and length. You may be interested in signing up for just one course or more.
For further information please visit the website below
Development of Family Support in Dumfries and Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway ADP recognise family support as a key component of an individual’s recovery from substance misuse.
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (SFAD) are a national organisation who have been awarded funding to conduct a one year scoping exercise in the region. The purpose of this work will be to gather information on the needs of families affected by substance misuse and to develop peer led family support groups throughout Dumfries and Galloway, which will address some of the needs identified.
· Employ a family support worker to cover the region
· Develop peer led family support groups
· Facilitate advocacy for families
· Promote family inclusive practices within partner organisations
· Facilitate training in family inclusive practices for partner organisations.
· Scope the current support available to families and identify gaps in current provision.
· Promote SFAD helpline
· Develop web based information specific to families in Dumfries and Galloway.
SFAD will shortly be making contact with our partner organisations and can be contacted meantime on 0141 221 0544
Minutes from the ADP meetings are available for download. Click on the following links