Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs until Sunday (24 November), and a range of services are on offer to help people across Peterborough deal with drink issues or to get help for friends and relatives who may have an addiction.
Councillor Irene Walsh, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for community cohesion, safety and public health, said: “It may be surprising to hear that the number of people drinking at levels that may be damaging for their health for a population the size of Peterborough is estimated to be over 13,000.
“This year we want people to talk about the related health risks, social problems and how alcohol is everywhere in society in an attempt to encourage small lifestyle changes that will make a big difference.”
Sue Mitchell, the council’s acting director of public health, said: “It is vital people understand and talk with their families and friends about the risks involved in drinking too much, especially in the lead-up to Christmas and the party season.”
Alcohol Concern held its first ever Dry January this year where people were challenged to give up drinking for a month for charity. People are being encouraged to sign up for the 2014 challenge either as an individual or a team.
People with concerns about their own or someone else’s drinking can contact Drinksense on 01733 551575 or visit www.drinksense.org