While advocating that people enjoy the forthcoming Christmas holidays the North West Alcohol Forum say a health balanced approach to drinking will help make for a memorable time.
The group, who are based in Letterkenny, say that Christmas will come as a welcome break after a tough year for everyone and they want people to enjoy the festivities, get a release from the stresses and maintain a balance so that the holiday memories are “long and pleasant ones”.
The alcohol forum have also issued a Christmas guide that seeks to help everyone stay safe and secure over the festive season.
Eamon O’Kane, Director of the Alcohol Forum says: “We would like everyone to enjoy this Festive Season, so we are promoting our Christmas Alcohol Awareness information booklet, with practical advice and tips on how to drink moderately, how to stay safe and how to look out for others so that Christmas and the New Year will be memorable for all the right reasons.”
Recognising that many people use alcohol as part of their Christmas celebration the Forum’s guidance explores how to manage alcohol intake, how to look out for dangers and avoid them and how to ensure the celebrations pass off without undue incident.
Moira Mills, HSE West Drug and Alcohol Services manager, has welcomed the Forum’s Christmas information campaign stating that messages which promote safe drinking, are always needed.
Moira Mills added; “The Alcohol Forum Ltd is providing a huge support to the communities of the North West and indeed nationally in their work on tackling alcohol related harm and working with families. Their Christmas resource is another valuable resource in helping to build community understanding and action on alcohol harms.”
The Christmas information leaflet can be found by contacting the Alcohol Forum on 074 9125596 or can be downloaded from the Forum website, www.nwaf.ie