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It's Alcohol Awareness Week 2019

FASS joins together with 2,000 other community groups to highlight the risks of drinking too much for Alcohol Awareness Week 2019.

How many units are in a pint of beer or glass of wine? How long does it take your body to break down alcohol? And what does alcohol do when it reaches your brain? These are just some of the questions being explored for this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week, taking place between 11-17 November, led by Alcohol Change UK.

This week Fife Alcohol Support Service will help to highlight the impact that alcohol can have on our bodies, our lives and those we love, and how by making changes to our drinking behaviour we can become healthier and reduce our risk for many serious health conditions including cancer, mental health problems, and liver disease.

We know more about Milk than Vodka!

“I know that it sounds daft, but it is true. There is more information on a pint carton of milk than there is a on a bottle of vodka, or any other spirit” said Jim Bett, Service Manager at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) when we spoke recently at the FASS office in central Kirkcaldy.

Jim continued “The Scottish government is now considering taking some form of control of alcohol labeling, and in my opinion, and that of FASS as well, this is not a minute too soon.”

Let's talk about Alcohol

“Instead of talking about Christmas cards, let's talk about alcohol in the weeks ahead in the run-up to Christmas.” John Hamilton, who is Chairperson at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) was talking about Christmas cards being on sale already in many shops in Fife.

John continued “Did you realise that the past 50 years have seen a very big increase in the amount of alcohol that we are drinking, with sales more than double since 1950? As a result, there have been more cases of accidents, injuries and health problems caused by alcohol. In Scotland, 30% of men and 20% of women report exceeding the weekly drinking limits, even though all the surveys usually under-estimate the real consumption levels: it is therefore estimated that a more likely figure is 50% of men and 30% of women are drinking more than the recommended limits.”

The Face of Volunteering

Kirkcaldy radio presenter and author, Lisa Young recently hosted another great episode of her successful Holding the Space radio show on K107FM. This time Lisa explored the world of volunteering with the staff and volunteers of local charity Fife Alcohol Support Service.

The Face of Volunteering featured interviews with volunteers, staff and trustees of the charity recorded during their recent Annual General Meeting. In the interviews, they talk candidly about their personal experiences of volunteering, why and how they began and offer many insights into the work of the charity.

Lisa explained “It was a pleasure to hear the stories of volunteering from FASS and how they, in their 41st year, help others in the community”

The show can be heard here

The Face of Volunteering with Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) is also available as a Podcast on most major hosts.


Tackling isolation and loneliness with Curnie Clubs

John Hamilton, who is Chairperson at Fife Alcohol Support Service (FASS) was very enthusiastic when we asked him about Curnie Clubs.

“This is one of our newer ideas to tackle isolation and loneliness at the heart of our communities in Fife. We started Curnie Clubs back in September 2016 and we have been very fortunate to have this operation funded by the National Lottery Community Fund, so as not to divert money from our other more traditional activities.”

“Curnie Clubs have from the outset been very much service user, or peer led with our understanding of need focused at a very local level. There has been wonderful organic growth into various communities, originally starting in Kirkcaldy, Dunfermline, Cupar and Methil, and we have now expanded even further into Cowdenbeath and 2 groups in Glenrothes.”

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