We provide a range of support and information for alcohol use within Telford STaRS dependent on your level of need. You can find out more by completing an online referral, or giving us a call on 0300 456 4291.
There is lots of information about alcohol risks and self-help tips available online with some really useful tools and websites (see below for some useful links).
We work to reduce the harmful effects of alcohol on individuals, their families and the community.
How much is too much?
After drinking, do you ever wake up the following morning unable to remember what has happened the night before, or in the dog-house with no-one speaking to you? Most people drink with the aim of unwinding or having positive, fun times and never intend to experience any of the own sides. When drinking starts to have negative impacts is it time to do something different? Drinking in excess can impact on your relationships, your employment and your health, it could even prevent you from doing what you want to do, or result in you getting into trouble. If you would like to complete a short online drink questionnaire which asks you questions about how often and how much you drink try this online tracker.
The Chief Medical Officer in the UK advises that people should not regularly drink more than the lower risk guidelines of 2-3 units of alcohol for both men and women (equivalent to a pint of 4% beer or 175 ml glass of wine).
Regularly means drinking every day or most days of the week.
Stick to these guidelines and you are what the government defines as a lower risk drinker. The same guidelines state that regularly drinking over them puts you at an increasing risk of developing health problems, and if the amount you’re drinking is usually double or more than the guidelines you are putting yourself at a higher risk of developing health problems.
If you think your drinking puts you into the increasing risk or higher risk categories, it could be time to re-think your relationship with alcohol.
Making some small simple steps around your alcohol use and taking some time to think around your drinking can help so use this link to find out more.
There are lots of web-based tools to help raise awareness of alcohol and self-help support to stop or cut-down. We have detailed some of them below:
This is a form designed to look at your alcohol use, it has been converted into an online tool by Buckinghamshire public health team and is really easy to use. It asks some other lifestyle questions and can give you some general information and tips on improving your health and wellbeing. Visit the online tracker here.
This is a really informative website which has lots of different tools on there. From an online alcohol unit and calorie calculator (to help us watch our waists) to a downloadable app which helps you keep track of your drinking to a tool which helps you compare your use to the rest of the UK.
The One You campaign is a really simple website to enable you to find suggestions on healthier lifestyles and choices. It also has a downloadable Days off app giving you an easy way to easy way to track the days you drink alcohol and the days you don’t from your mobile phone. Feel healthier, lose weight and save money – simply nominate days to take off drinking and get practical, daily support to help you stick to it. This campaign also has a drinks tracker app along with other apps to help improve your health and other areas of your life. Download the app from iTunes of google play store.