IN THE SPOTLIGHT
Around 2 billion people worldwide consume alcohol. Of those, an estimated 76 million people are affected by alcohol misuse disorders. In honour of Dry January, we're bringing attention to the issues alcohol can have on our mental health.
We're doing our bit
to make a difference.
We want to change the conversation about the effects of alcohol on mental health. So this Dry January, we're doing something we've never done before: fundraising!
Unlike the usual Dry January challenge of not drinking any alcohol for 30 days, we're fundraising a bit differently. We're raising awareness of the number of people in England who start treatment for alcohol abuse who also have a mental health issue every year. Last year, that number was 30,409.
To bring attention to this number, each member of our team will be walking a total of 30,409 metres every week (about 4.3 km every day) over the month of January and we're looking to raise £500. If you would like to help us reach our target, you can contribute here.
FOLLOW OUR JOURNEY↓
Examining our relationship with alcohol and its effects on mental health.
That's about 1% of
the entire population
The number of people in England thought to be alcohol-dependent
That's about 10% of
all suicides in England
The average number of deaths by suicide in mental health patients per year who also had a history of alcohol abuse, between 2007 and 2017
The proportion of deaths by suicide among UK mental health patients who had a history of drug or alcohol abuse
1 in 3
The proportion of adults with probable alcohol dependence who were receiving treatment and services for their mental or emotional health in 2014
Fact sheets, tools, and insights from the team.
All documents produced and provided by Alcohol Change UK.
Find more helpful factsheets to help with alcohol consumption here.
Thought-provoking videos and talks.
Engaging podcasts from around the world.
The Happy Sober Podcast
Weekly episodes from Craig Beck, a leading 'how to stop drinking' mentor which covers a vast range of topics, including how to control alcohol quickly and easily, dealing with your drinking friends and family, and relaxing without a drink.
I'm Quitting Alcohol
I'm Quitting Alcohol is a 5-minute daily podcast by comedian David Boyle. Join Boyle as he transitions from alcoholic maniac to sober lunatic and attempts to process the past 20 years of booze soaked mayhem.
How I Quit Alcohol
In this podcast, Danni Carr talks with ex-binge drinkers, alcoholics in recovery, drug and alcohol counsellors, and people that have good stuff to say about quitting the drink.
Alcohol Alert Podcast
From the UK's Institute of Alcohol Studies, this podcast covers the latest updates on UK alcohol policy matters.
The Alcohol 'Problem' Podcast
Presented by Dr James Morris, the Alcohol 'Problem' Podcast explores the nature of problem drinking through interviews with medical professionals and well-known public figures.
Those who can help if you are worried about alcohol.
Your GP is a good place to start if you have issues with alcohol. They will know what support is available locally and can help you with the following:
A general health check-up or specific medical tests
Medication and other treatments for other conditions such as depression, anxiety or sleep problems
Medication to reduce cravings
Referral to your local treatment service
If you need help to manage your relationship with alcohol, there are many organisations available to guide and support you. All helplines are confidential, and most will be free of charge: