Charity offers advice to people tempted to drink more than usual
Drug, alcohol and mental health charity We Are With You (formerly Addaction) is offering advice to people tempted to drink more than usual due to the measures in place to slow down the spread of COVID-19.
Simple tips to reduce your drinking:
- Drink free days – Having several drink free days will help reduce your alcohol use which should improve your physical and mental health. Public Health England has a Drink Free Days App to help you manage this.
- Find a routine – Social distancing can leave you feeling out of sync, but a routine can help provide order and familiarity. Try dividing your day up into sections and plan what you’re going to do at each time. Have slots for work, meals, chores, relaxation, exercise and stick to these as much as possible.
- Stay in touch – Not being able to go out or have friends and family to visit can make people feel lonely, so make time to call people and where possible video call so you can see a friendly face.
- Reach out for support – There’s no shame in needing a helping hand in these tough times. If you are worried about yourself or a loved one you can speak anonymously to a trained advisor via We Are With You’s online webchat.
Public health is about helping people to stay healthy and avoid getting ill. Responsibility for many public health functions has now passed to North Lincolnshire Council. The council now has a new statutory duty to take steps to improve the health and well being of residents in North Lincolnshire. This includes the mandatory responsibility of:
- Weighing and measuring children
- Providing health checks for eligible people
- Providing sexual health services
- Providing a public health advice service
- Protecting the health of the local population