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Alcohol Awareness Week

July 1 - July 7

Alcohol Awareness Week is 1st-7th July 2024. (The week has typically taken place in November each year. However, Alcohol Awareness Week has now moved to its new spot in July.)It is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. The theme for Alcohol Awareness Week 2024 is ‘Understanding Alcohol Harm’.

The harm caused by alcohol affects millions of people every year in the form of health problems, financial worries, relationship breakdown and family difficulties. It brings with it huge social costs too with the significant pressure it places on the NHS, the emergency services, police, and workplaces.

The total social cost of alcohol to society is estimated to be at least £21 billion each year. We as individuals also spend tens of thousands of pounds on average on alcohol over the course of a lifetime.

But the personal costs are much starker with alcohol death rates increasing to the highest rate since records began since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, and millions more people suffering from worsened mental and physical health every day as a result of harmful drinking.

The cost of living crisis has also played a key role in causing some people to drink more than they’d like to cope with worries around the crisis.

But the cost of alcohol to individuals, our relationships, our families, and our stretched vital public services doesn’t have to be so high.

We can all take steps to make a change. And with improved support and prevention, we can save money and save lives.

Join us for this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week to find out more about alcohol and its cost to us all.

Source: About Alcohol Awareness Week | Alcohol Change UK


July 1
July 7
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