Have you been directly impacted by someone's alcohol misuse and want to see change?
Are you keen to support a worthwhile campaign to help change how people use alcohol?
Are you willing to speak up about your views and start to change judgements and perceptions?
If Yes, this campaign is for you!
Who's affected? The person misusing alcohol, families/friends/colleagues and society as a whole.
This campaign is about changing people's judgements and perceptions of alcohol misuse, and to give alcohol the respect it deserves.
Over 550,000 people in the UK struggle with alcohol dependence.
Alcohol misuse isn't just about dependence.
Why support this campaign?
Jo has been directly impacted by someone's drinking (actual twice), she's an expert about the damage, incorrect judgements and perceptions cause.
Alcohol misuse isn't just about dependence, but binge drinking and heavy drinking.
If we want people's mental health to improve, for them to have coping strategies so alcohol isn't the first thing they reach for, we need to ACT NOW.
This problem isn't going away, it impacts on us all, through NHS funding being used to support those struggling, to families affected by trauma and much more needing support.
Changing judgements and perceptions changes lives.
How can you help?
Share this campaign on your social media, with friends, family and colleagues
Be mindful of your words and actions around alcohol use and misuse
Speak out about alcohol misuse, and promote #respectforalcohol (use the hashtag)
Donate to support families and daughters of alcoholics impacted by a loved one's drinking
Start with you, spread the word, make a difference
"Change the story and you change perceptions, change perceptions and you change the world" Jean Houston
Here are some numbers around alcohol misuse:
Alcohol is a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions. 1
In England in 2018/19, there were 1.26 million hospital admissions related to alcohol consumption. 2
In 2015/16 in England, victims believed the offender(s) to be under the influence of alcohol in 39% of all violent incidents. 3
In 2018/19, 39% of people in England and Wales said they witnessed any type of anti-social behaviour in their local area. 11% of this anti-social behaviour was alcohol-related. 12% of people said that there is a very or fairly big problem in their area with people being drunk or rowdy in public places. 4
1 - Public Health England (2018). Public Health Dashboard.
2 - Public Health England (2019). Local Alcohol Profiles for England. Hospital admissions. NHS Digital (2019). Statistics on Alcohol, England 2019. Part 1: Alcohol-related hospital admissions.
3 - Office for National Statistics (2017), Estimates of Violent incidents where the victim believed the offender(s) to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs in England and Wales, year ending March 2006 to year ending March 2016 Crime Survey for England and Wales.
4 - Office for National Statistics (2019). Crime in England and Wales: Other related tables.
You really can change the world if you care enough. Marian Wright Edelman