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Job hunters urged to rethink their drink

Doncaster job hunters were urged to rethink their drink during Alcohol Awareness Week (16 – 22 November).

Staff from Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Services visited the town centre base of Jobcentre Plus to raise awareness about the effects of excessive alcohol use and the risks of cancer and other long term conditions.

Staff from Doncaster Council Public Health and Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Services at Doncaster Jobcentre Plus.
Staff from Doncaster Council Public Health and Doncaster Drug and Alcohol Services at Doncaster Jobcentre Plus.

Service Manager Stuart Green said: “As well as providing support for people with drug and alcohol problems, we also go out and about to raise awareness of the harm these substances can cause.

“We teamed up with staff from Doncaster Council Public Health to talk to Job Centre staff and job hunters and took our alcohol scratch cards with us, which are a quick and easy way for people to see just what their alcohol habits may mean for their health, and also provide an easy-to-keep reminder of the alcoholic units in popular drinks.

“The cards also have a phone number and website address for more information and advice, and contact details for where people can get help if they are concerned about their drinking.”

Martin Wood, Support Worker at the event added: “Out of all of the people we saw, around one in four didn’t drink at all, but were either related to, or knew someone who’d had problems through alcohol use. This proves how important it is to get the alcohol awareness message into our local communities and show that help is out there.”

Anyone who needs help or advice on drug or alcohol use can ring (01302) 730956.