A NEW information drive has been launched across the county to encourage people to recognise when their alcohol consumption is a problem and how people can access support and treatment.

Cranstoun provides expert drug and alcohol support services across Worcestershire and wants more people who may be drinking too much alcohol to know about the support they provide.

They are asking people to think about four questions relating to their drinking.

Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

Have people annoyed you by criticising your drinking?

Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or get rid of a hangover?

If someone answers yes to any of the above questions, Cranstoun would like them to consider getting in touch for support and advice about their drinking.

Matt Burke, the county manager for Cranstoun in Worcestershire, said: “We know that across the county there are many people who drink large amounts of alcohol which damages their health and is harming their and their family’s lives.

“We’re on hand to provide support, advice and treatment to people who want to reduce the amount they drink so they are able to live a healthier and safer lives.”

The county team has been bolstered with additional funding from Worcestershire County Council for a nurse to be on hand to support people with their substance use and to provide advice and treatment to those who need it.

Councillor Karen May, cabinet member with responsibility for health and wellbeing, said: “Getting the right support at the right time can make a huge difference in reducing the amount of alcohol being consumed.

“Key to this is knowing when a little too much is actually a problem.

“Cranstoun is experienced at offering a wide range of support to anyone who is experiencing negative impacts on their lives due to alcohol.”

People can get in touch with Cranstoun in Worcestershire for free, confidential support at cranstoun.org/worcs, by texting SUPPORT to 62277 or calling 0300 303 8200.

Cranstoun is a national social justice charity providing support to people.

In Worcestershire, they provide support in the areas of: alcohol and other drugs for adults and young people.