Tackling the culture of alcohol in our society

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Drink Think was established by the Bogside & Brandywell Health Forum and funded through the Big Lottery’s Safe & Well programme in 2009 to generate ideas and conversations about what too much alcohol consumption is doing to ourselves, our families and our neighbourhoods.

We feel that people are willing to play their part in tackling our culture of alcohol but just don’t know where to start.

It is striking a healthy balance of the use of alcohol which causes us most difficulty. Adapting the strap line, Responsible Thinking, Sensible Drinking, Drink Think simply want to encourage people to enjoy alcohol in a way which does not cause harm to themselves, their families or their community.

Like a lot of other places, alcohol has affected a lot of us greatly and often hits the headlines whether it be young people gathering to drink, street drinkers, or issues surrounding licensed premises. We all see the harm it causes at various levels, and we believe everyone has a role in helping reducing this and set a positive example to peers and our young people.

In its endeavours to date, few have escaped the work of Drink Think whether your parent, someone qualifying for senior citizen status, festival goer or indeed organiser, or licensed retailer- there’s advice and practical information to help developed by the team. Central to the role has been in developing awareness around the dangers of drinking during pregnancy, tools for parents to talk to their children about alcohol, and working with the relevant people to reduce access of alcohol to under 18’s.

This is one of many successful initiatives within the Bogside and Brandywell Health Forum and just one of the reasons to pick up the phone and vote for us in the National Lottery Awards on 0844 836 9702 or log onto www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/awards and vote for free in the Health Category! Don’t forget to vote for Something Special while you’re online too in the Health category.

For more information on the range of initiatives and information which Drink Think offers, contact the office on 028 71363925 or log onto www.drinkthinkproject.org.