Highgate residents can talk about their drinking habits and get healthier

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By poppy_smith | Friday, November 16, 2012, 19:35

A wide range of events will take place across Haringey next week aimed at encouraging people to talk about their drinking habits.

The focus of this year's Alcohol Awareness Week is to prompt people to start conversations about their alcohol intake and think about how much they really drink each week.

There will be plenty of chances for Haringey residents of all ages to get involved, including various information stalls, a fund-raising recovery run and alcohol awareness workshops.

Selected coffee shops will also take part, serving drinks in cups promoting a website developed in Haringey – Don't Bottle It Up (external link) - where people can do a quick online check to see if their drinking is at risky levels.

Cllr Bernice Vanier, Cabinet Member for Health said: "As a nation, we have a complex relationship with alcohol and rarely manage to talk about it seriously. We think it's time to change that and the perfect time to start these honest conversations is Alcohol Awareness Week. I hope everyone will get involved and find out more about what is safe and what isn't."

Events organised by Haringey Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) and local alcohol service HAGA :

  • Haringey Council's licensing department will be working with Safer Neighbourhood teams and local licensees to promote responsible drinking and selling of alcohol
  • A special awareness stall to find out more about alcohol will be at Haringey Civic Centre on  Tuesday 20 November, between 11 and 3pm
  • For those wanting to know what recovery looks like, HAGA will stage a photography exhibition at Wood Green Library (19 – 25 November). For exhibition opening times visit the HAGA website 
  • HAGA hope to raise £2,000 from the Race for Recovery (as mentioned above) to go towards service-user activities and events. To donate, visit the Race for Recovery Just Giving page 
  • Local pharmacies will be distributing leaflets and offering people the chance to find out if their drinking is safe throughout November.
  • Join in "creative conversations about alcohol and recovery" at HAGA's Annual Public Meeting on Thursday 22 November from 1.30 - 5pm.  Featured events include a "human library", theatre performance, an art installation, a photography exhibition, and homemade cakes.
  • Alcohol awareness workshop for boys Monday 19 November, 4 - 5.30pm at Insight Drop-in, 40 Bromley Road, Tottenham, N17 0AW. Similar workshop for girls at same time and venue on Thursday 22 November. Call 020 8493 8525 for more info.

For a full list of events visit the public health page.



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