PEOPLE with alcohol problems living and working in West Dunbartonshire can now get advice on services for them through the publication of a brand new newsletter.
is packed full of information and advice on alcohol, alcohol misuse, treatments available and where to go to get help in the West Dunbartonshire area.Alc.Vol West Dunbartonshire
It also gives advice on services to people living with someone with alcohol problems.
Nikki Boyle, Health Promotion Officer with NHS Greater Glasgow – one of the partners* behind the new newsletter, said: "According to hospital data there were 675 people living in West Dunbartonshire who were admitted to hospital with alcohol problems in 2002. Alcohol related deaths in the area are also continuing to rise – from 21 in 1998 to 56 in 2002.
"Alcohol problems are preventable and there is a lot of help at hand in the area. This newsletter aims to give good practical advice to those people with alcohol problems and to encourage people to seek help if they already haven't done so or to try again for further help if they are finding things tough.
"It's also for those people who live with someone with alcohol problems, to let them know that they are not alone and that there's help out there for them too."
Cathie Dennet, Director of Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA), explained: "I am pleased that this is the first newsletter of its kind highlighting the range of services and help for people with alcohol issues and the successful collaboration of agencies to produce it. Help is available for those with severe alcohol problems as well as for those who want support to cut down how much they are drinking."
Available free from GP surgeries, community centres, council offices and a range of other places, the first issue of the Alc.Vol newsletter features actress, Lorraine McIntosh talking about how her River City character, Alice Henderson, copes with her alcohol problems.
In the newsletter, Lorraine praised Alc.Vol: "It's not always easy to ask for help or to find the right kind of support, but this newsletter will help to let people know what kind of services are out there and how they can access them."
For further information on anything featured in the newsletter, please contact either Cathie Dennett at DACA, on 01389 731456, or Nikki Boyle at NHS Greater Glasgow, on 0141 201 4962. For copies of the newsletter, please contact Dorothy Heron at Social Work Services on 01389 608467.
NOTES TO EDITORS:
The partners in Alc.Vol West Dunbartonshire are NHS Greater Glasgow, Greater Glasgow Alcohol Action Team, Argyll & Clyde Alcohol & Drug Action Team, Dumbarton Area Council on Alcohol (DACA), Strathclyde Police, West Dunbartonshire Council Social Work Services, Clydebank Community Addiction Team and Alcoholics Anonymous.