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New Year, new you? Local charity-run service offers free advice and support to help cut down alcohol consumption

New Year, new you? Local charity-run service offers free advice and support to help cut down alcohol consumption

9 January 2019

With the New Year in full swing, people in Hull who want help to take control of their alcohol consumption can benefit from free and confidential support from ReNew, Hull’s Drug and Alcohol service for over-18s.

 Throughout the month, ReNew’s community engagement team will be engaging with the local community to start a conversation about alcohol and provide information to people about the low-risk drinking guidelines. They will also be delivering brief interventions and encouraging people to rethink their current drinking habits.

For those who are dependant drinkers, it can be unsafe to stop drinking suddenly as it can lead to unpleasant or even life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, including hallucinations, seizures and severe vomiting. Free help and advice towards a safe and supervised detox is available at ReNew.

ReNew’s dedicated Alcohol Hub is based in Bransholme and offers bespoke, free treatment and advice for all Hull residents, including one-to-one recovery co-ordination, clinical interventions, preparation for inpatient and community detox depending on individual circumstances, aftercare/relapse prevention prescribing and alcohol-specific group programmes.

Joy Ainsworth, Services Manager at ReNew, said: “For us, alcohol consumption is all about balance. The occasional glass of wine may do no harm, but like all things, moderation is important and sometimes people need a bit of help and advice to push them in the right direction. Reducing alcohol can have many benefits, from helping to save money to improving quality of sleep and aiding weight loss.

“What’s more, Change Grow Live’s approach has proven itself to be a fantastic, innovative way to provide people access to improved and more inclusive support at a time and place that is convenient for them. This is precisely why the team is out in the local community promoting the invaluable work that we do and that is readily available for those that need it most."