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FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service) will, in April, launch East Central Scotland’s first local Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder service. FASD is a result of pre-birth exposure to alcohol and is a life-long condition with no cure. FASD Fife will provide local peer and one-to-one support for parents and carers of those with FASD and raise awareness of the condition locally.
Evidence points to the fact that the little known disorder is 3 to 6 times more prevalent than autism and little diagnosed. Even so, FASS knows already of at least 20 families in Fife caring for someone with FASD. A National Lottery award from The National Lottery Community Fund will help those families connect and uptake local resources that can help. The funding was made possible thanks to National Lottery players.
Dave Dempster, Substance Misuse Manager recently took part in the Down the Lane podcast produced by the Linton Lane Centre in Kirkcaldy. Dave talked about about our ADAPT service, which he manages, and explained how it supports people in Fife with Drug and Alcohol problems. Also, their partners and other family members.
Dave talked about ADAPT as the primary Triage service in Fife for drug and alcohol issues. He explained that drug problems or alcohol problems are often linked to other difficulties experienced in life and these need to be taken into account if we are to help people with care and attention. His staff and volunteers are trained to assess people's needs and find the right services within the NHS, Fife Council and among Voluntary Organisations. ADAPT supports people through the whole process of entering and engaging with these services.
You can listen to Dave on the Down the Lane podcast here
Dave also spoke about the latest service to commence in ADAPT. Acudetox helps treat addiction, stress, anxiety and low mood. Similar to acupuncture, Acudetox also known as Auricular or ear acupuncture helps relieve these symptoms. The service is available by appointment in the Linton Lane Centre and in venues in Glenrothes.
If you're looking for Acudetox or otherwise need help with a drug or alcohol issue why not call ADAPT on 01592 321321. They really can help.
“By drinking just one glass of water a day in place of beer or fizzy drinks can slash the risk of obesity by up to a fifth” according to Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service). “With so many people worried about their weight during lockdown, those who replace unhealthy drinks with water can effectively also lose weight.”
This has been highlighted in research by the University of Navarra in Spain who stated that the figures held good even when factors such as exercise levels, family history of obesity and snacking between meals were taken into account. Jim continued “These same results were not found when compared with 15 other drinks including fruit juices, coffee and milk.”
Sales of wine and spirits have soared during lockdown. Conversely, at the same time one in three people have cut down or given up alcohol altogether. To tell us what's happening, Jim Bett, Service Manager at FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service) gave me the lowdown on events in and around Fife.
“We’ve been really busy during the lockdown. We've had calls for help due to people over-indulging, while at the same time, some considerable successes with people who have decided to cut down their drinking, or cut out alcohol altogether!”
In FASS, we use some very successful but straightforward tips for people trying to cut down.
“For example, you could choose to have lighter drinks than usual. Try beers or wine with less alcohol in them, or why not try the new and tasty non-alcoholic drinks now widely available. You could also try adding a couple of ice cubes to your glass of white wine, or select a spritzer (white wine and tonic water mixed)? Or if you drink spirits, why not add more mixer?”
“Or you could opt for soft drinks. You can make them extra special by serving in a nice glass with ice and fruit – Delicious! Having alcohol-free days each week is very beneficial. Perhaps you can increase the number of days gradually over time?”
These and other tips can be found in our Sensible Drinking booklet which is available from our website. You can find it here. Our website also has a lot of other information about cutting down or finding help.
Jim quoted a very specific number of benefits which everybody can achieve by cutting back on alcohol. “The first of these benefits is your health – you can alleviate stress on your liver, heart, and problems linked to cancers and diabetes. You can also cut calories – for instance a large glass of wine has more calories than a jam doughnut! You can also reduce stress, which is very important for those now working from home. Also, very importantly, you will be able to sleep better.”
Jim concluded by saying “If you have any problems with alcohol, then give FASS a call on 01592 206200. FASS provides a free and confidential service throughout Fife for anyone who is suffering from the problems of alcohol.
If you’re feeling the effects of social isolation, you’re not alone.
Curnie Clubs have been welcoming people out of isolation since 2016 and are a friendly, community of local groups who link up with each other across Fife.
We’re currently running online group activities, can provide specialist one-to-one support, and are open to ALL adults in Fife.
So help yourself and others out of isolation and loneliness.
Contact Curnie enquiries on: 07807011951
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