Service users are #inspired

Horizons service user Matthew Smith was among scores of fellow clients and members of the public who made pledges to change their alcohol intake during Alcohol Awareness Week. He said: “I am so pleased to have help from Horizons. Without their help I would not be abstinent from substances. To date, I have had 8 weeks abstinent form alcohol including taking part in ‘Stoptober’ and making a pledge of abstinence ‘for Alcohol Awareness Week.”

Our staff set out stalls in all our hubs and in town centres to get the alcohol awareness message out. We asked people to spread the word by sharing their pledges via social media, using the hashtag #InspiredChange.

Dan Atkinson, Team Leader at North Yorkshire Horizons, said: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.

“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So, we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”

Andy Pearson, Clinical Service Manager, said: “Many people describe themselves as ‘social drinkers’ and might not think that their alcohol intake is harmful, but you don’t need to be drinking heavily to benefit from cutting down a little. Much of the harm caused by alcohol is gradual, so staying within the safer drinking limits can help protect your long-term health.”

Horizons had awareness raising events at Selby’s Hawden Institute, The Beacon, Northallerton, JobCentre Plus in Harrogate and at four locations across Scarborough. Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.

Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year was “change”.

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