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.”

“This causes real problems” said John “ and we all know in our hearts that drinking too much can affect your health, can also cause social problems and can also have a very negative effect on families and communities.” John then instanced that healthcare services and the various counsellors at FASS (Fife Alcohol Support Service ) are all working with the public to raise awareness of alcohol-related problems and to encourage everyone to enjoy the benefits of drinking less.”

John emphasised “This doesn't mean that a person becomes a non-drinker overnight, but it does mean that in the run-up to the Festive Season when there is much more social activity and alcohol, that each one of us should just remember to take it a bit easier and therefore not become a statistic due to an excess of alcohol. For anyone who feels that they need some help with alcohol, FASS counsellors are available throughout Fife, providing a free and fully confidential service. This can be a lifesaver for some people, and FASS can be contacted on 01592-206200. It really does make a lot of sense!”