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Alcohol Aberdeen was launched on Monday 12th January 2015 at the City’s Beach Ballroom. The event marked the official opening of our new 7 day service for people living in Aberdeen City who are concerned about their own or a loved one’s drinking.
MSP Maureen Watt and Minister for Public Health was in attendance and opened the ceremony with some remarks. The event was attended by a wide range of stakeholders including professionals within the Drugs and Alcohol field, Aberdeen City Council and NHGS Grampian colleagues, members of the public, DA staff and people in Recovery. Attendees of the event were even treated to a musical performance from a DA service user in recovery who performed his own song with guitar.
Recent figures have highlighted the importance of such a service in Aberdeen City, as it is estimated that over 40% of people living in Aberdeen drink above the recommended weekly limits. Drinking above the recommended limits puts people at increased risk of developing physical and mental health problems in the longer term. DA’s Alcohol Aberdeen service provides help to reduce the harms for those who simply want to cut their drinking down to safer levels, or more intensive support for those who have developed dependence. Face to face support is available for those wishing to cut down as well an online quiz to find out if their drinking is likely to cause harm and provides advice on how to cut down. This is available at www.alcoholaberdeen.org.uk
As many as 10,000 people in Aberdeen are really struggling to control their drinking with this having a major impact on their physical and mental health and on their family. For those who have developed significant problems Alcohol Aberdeen provides person centred support, advice and inspiration to allow them to achieve a lasting recovery from problem drinking. This includes 1-1 and peer group support. DA recognise that often family members can be significantly impacted upon and support is available to them also.
Luan Grugeon, Chief Executive at DA said; “I am delighted that DA is now able to offer services to people affected by alcohol in Aberdeen. Our skilled and knowledgeable team will provide advice to prevent harmful drinking as well as provide person centred support to help those with problems recover and live happy lives”.