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    Why is Alcohol
    Awareness Week Important?

Alcohol Awareness Week is a campaign to get a conversation started regarding alcohol and the levels of alcohol consumed from 11th-17th November 2019.

Alcohol Awareness Week is a campaign to get a conversation started regarding alcohol and the levels of alcohol consumed from 11th-17th November 2019.

Alcohol is currently the cheapest it has been in thirty years which is reflective in there being 5,843 alcohol-specific deaths in 2017 alone, one of the highest recordings in twenty years. Public Health England reports are also showing that hospitals have more than 1 million admissions from alcohol-related conditions each year and BBC findings have shown that liver units across the country are treating 20,000 people for alcohol-related liver disease. However, records are showing that those people who are being affected by alcohol-related illnesses are not necessarily those who were previously considered ‘problem drinkers’.

Understanding how alcohol can affect your system and knowing the recommended guidelines on how much alcohol is advised is a very important start for starting to reduce those numbers, but current progress is slow. The BBC found that since the low-risk drinking guidelines were introduced in January 2016 only 16% of people surveyed were aware that 14 units were the new guideline. This is why awareness weeks such as this are so incredibly helpful in promoting safe and healthy living and also providing much-needed education.

Recent research shows that effective alcohol treatment brings a substantial return on investment, as for every £1 spent, £3 of social return is generated. However, despite the findings of this research, and the shocking statistics around alcohol-related admissions and deaths, funding for drug and alcohol treatment has been cut 16% in the past four years. Without funding, services such as those we provide here at Kenward Trust cannot continue to help those affected by alcohol addiction or help provide education to those who need it about the effects of alcohol.

On top of our residential rehabilitation services, our Think Differently programme goes into schools to educate young people about the risks and consequences of alcohol consumption in order to provide them with the education needed before they even take their first drink. Our aim is to equip young people with enough knowledge to be able to make their own informed choice.

Here we have the testimony of one of our past residents, Steve. Without funding, we sadly have to rely heavily on fundraising initiatives in order to provide our life-saving services to help people turn their lives around, and get back to a healthy way of living.

If you would like to fundraise for Kenward Trust please click here.              

To find out more information about Alcohol Awareness week, or to get involved click here.

Alcohol addiction can affect everyone if you wish to contact us, give us a ring on 01622 812603.

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