Tag Archives: alcohol

New A&E project supports young people around alcohol and drugs

An innovative new project to reduce and support the number of young people repeatedly turning up at A&E with alcohol, drugs or violence related illness or injury has launched at Musgrove Park Hospital. The Somerset Violence Reduction Unit (VRU) is funding Turning Point (who run Somerset Drug and Alcohol Services) to deliver ‘Admit’ – a […]

Think about the drink and your mental health

Everyone is encouraged to think and talk openly about alcohol, how it effects their lives and its link to mental health during this Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November). Somerset County Council wants to encourage everyone to talk about the issues around alcohol and its effects on their mental health – now and during Alcohol Awareness […]

Don’t let your tipple topple your health

Many of us enjoy a tipple or two, but Somerset County Council and health partners are encouraging everyone this Alcohol Awareness Week (11 to 17 Nov) to know their limits and get everyone thinking and talking about their drinking. This week’s theme is ‘Alcohol and me’ and aims to raise awareness of the health risks […]

Going to give Dry January a go?

Drinkers are being encouraged by Somerset County Council to take a break and have a Dry January. The campaign by Alcohol Concern is aimed at social drinkers and encourages them to give up alcohol for the month. Trudi Grant, Somerset Director of Public Health said: “More and more people are taking part in Dry January. It […]

Take a break, have a Dry January

Somerset County Council’s is encouraging drinkers to take a break and have a Dry January. (1) Dry January is a campaign by Alcohol Concern, supported by Public Health England (PHE) in 2016, aimed at the social drinker, encouraging them to give up alcohol for a month. Latest figures from PHE and Alcohol Concern show that […]

Shops in Somerset reminded to check for proof of age when selling alcohol

A third of premises tested in a recent study sold alcohol to young people without first asking for their proof of age. Devon and Somerset Trading Standards recently carried out test purchases across the two counties to see whether shop staff asked young people for their proof of age. As a condition of their licence […]

Are you really safe to drive the morning after?

With longer evenings and the barbecue season in full flow, Somerset County Council’s Road Safety Team is backing a new app which raises awareness of ‘morning after’ drink driving. The free app, called the ‘Morning After Calculator’, works out approximately how long it takes for alcohol to pass through your body and is designed to […]

Council announces new Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service

Somerset County Council has announced the launch of a new three-pronged Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS). Three agencies will be working together to help people stop using drugs and alcohol before their problems worsen, and get those with the most serious issues through treatment that will help them stop and move on with their […]