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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.
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I know many of us will be understandably worried about the current Coronavirus pandemic that is dominating our daily lives right now.
Current Government guidelines means that everyone should be minimising their social contact, reducing unnecessary travel, and staying at home if you, or anyone in your household has any symptoms.
With all the uncertainty, we are currently offering clients telephone counselling with their counsellor instead of face to face contact, therefore, if you have an appointment arranged with FASS or ADAPT this will still go ahead on the date and time stated.
If for any reason you would prefer not to be contacted by telephone, please get in touch via email email@example.com or the telephone number above. This change will be on a temporary basis but please be assured that as soon as normal service is restored we will be in touch. This website contains self-help materials and our Facebook page will provide regular updates.
Our primary aim is to ensure that everyone who needs it is supported, especially the most vulnerable. In the meantime, please follow the daily guidance coming from the government and take extra care if you have underlying health conditions: www.nhs.uk/coronavirus
I would like to thank you for your co-operation regarding this and keep safe.
In January 2020, NHS Health Scotland published two further studies as part of the evaluation of the Scottish government's Minimum Unit Pricing (MUP) policy which was introduced just over a year ago. The first analysis was made on the off-trade alcohol sales in the first year after MUP and this has shown that the volume of pure alcohol sold per adult in Scotland fell by 3.6%. Compared to the 12 months before implementation of MUP, the volume of pure alcohol sold per adult in the off-trade in Scotland decreased from 7.4 litres to the lower figure of 7.1 litres.
Just before the end of last year, the Scottish Government published the Scottish Schools Adolescent Lifestyle and Substance Use Survey (SALSUS) alcohol report for 2018 which showed among all groups the proportion of pupils who have ever had an alcoholic drink has increased since the last survey in 2015. Drinking is also on the increase in all groups except 15-year-old girls. In addition, there has been an increase in the proportion of pupils who had ever been drunk, except for 15-year-old boys.