Alcohol Awareness Week 2020: Looking at Alcohol and Mental Health

According to a recent survey by Alcohol Change 28% of current and former drinkers said they consumed more alcohol than usual during lockdown.


Excessive drinking can impact all areas of your life, not least your mental health. During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever to look after your mental well-being.

Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 takes place between 16 and 22 November. The theme of this year’s campaign is ‘Alcohol and mental health’. With one in five Brits currently stating that they regularly drink above the recommended low-risk guidelines, the week provides an opportunity to reassess and transform our everyday drinking habits.


Around a quarter of people in England experience a mental health problem each year. Despite this high statistic, many of us are unaware of how drinking can impact our mental health. When we experience stress, anxiety and low moods, alcohol may be our first port of call. However, drinking can often harm our mental wellness in the long-run.


Alcohol is a depressant. Put simply, when we drink too much of it, it can interfere with the delicate balance of chemicals in our brains. So, once the short-term feeling of calm has worn off, drinking may lead to more long-term mental health problems.


Fortunately, Alcohol Awareness Week 2020 gives us the opportunity to rethink our relationship with drinking. Want to get involved? Whether you’re an individual, a group or an organisation, there are various ways to show your support for the campaign.


Supporting Alcohol Awareness Week 2020:

For more information visit Alcohol Change's Alcohol Awareness Week page.

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