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Alcohol | Eating and drinking well during COVID 19 | Birmingham City Council

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Alcohol

During this time of uncertainty and stress you may find yourself drinking more often or more heavily than usual. Keeping on top of your general wellbeing can help you manage drinking responsibly. We’ve put together some advice and tips on how to manage anxiety, Eat Healthily and stay active at home during the lockdown.

Remember, the recommended alcohol allowance for men and women is 14 units per week. This should be spread over 3 or more days. You can calculate your alcohol units using Alcohol Change’s online calculator. Helpful facts about alcohol can be found on NHS Live Well.

Alcohol Change has some top tips on drinking safely and keeping on top of your mental health during this outbreak.

You can also download a free app to help you meet your goals, whether you want to cut down on your drinking, or go totally alcohol-free.

If you are looking to cut down on your alcohol intake during isolation, Drinkaware has some useful advice.

Additional support

During the Coronavirus lockdown period the Birmingham Substance Misuse Service delivered by Change, Grow, Live (CGL) is still available for those who require assistance regarding Drugs or Alcohol.

If you’re worried about your drinking and want to make some positive changes you can take a quick quiz to understand how much you’re drinking:

Alternatively you can contact CGL by calling: 0121 227 5890, emailing: birmingham.info@cgl.org.uk or visit the website.

Based on your responses CGL will give you advice about alcohol and what to do next. Depending upon your drinking habits CGL can help by offering:

  • Harm minimisation advice which may include having alcohol free days, setting limits and switching to lower alcohol drinks
  • Guidance on how to complete a drink down diary
  • Mindfulness techniques
  • Links to Mutual Aid Groups and Self-Management and Recovery Training (SMART)
  • Access to Online Support Tools
  • The opportunity to chat online chat with a member of the CGL team
  • If required weekly contact with a CGL worker.

CGL has put together a page of advice and tips for looking after yourself during lockdown.

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