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Alcohol Awareness week comes to Coventry

Published Tuesday, 15 November 2016

Coventry City Council will be joining St John Ambulance during their night shift as part of Alcohol Awareness week in Coventry.

St John's Ambulance

Coventry City Council will be supporting Alcohol Awareness week to help raise awareness of the new Government guidelines of 14 units per week for men and women as well as working to encourage safer drinking in the lead up to the Christmas period.

The Council has created the Wasted campaign, raising awareness of safe drinking across the city and on social media.

Council officers will be joining the St John Ambulance crew on Friday 18th November and will be live posting the experience on social media accounts.

Cllr Kamran Caan, cabinet member for Public Health and Sport, said: “We want the public to understand the recommended limit and know the risks that come with unsafe drinking.

Alcohol awareness week will give us the opportunity to get some important messages out there about staying safe and knowing your limits. This collaboration with St John ambulance also gives us the opportunity to help raise awareness of a very important service that works hard to help keep people in the city safe.”

St John Ambulance’s Coventry Alcohol Triage Service (SJACATS) is now in its third year.

Commissioned by Coventry City Council and Coventry and Rugby CCG, SJA staff are on standby with a fully equipped ambulance, from 11.30pm to 3.30am on Fridays and Saturdays to respond to calls relating to alcohol or drug use within the CV1 post code area.

Dr Adrian Canale-Parola, GP and Chair of NHS Coventry and Rugby Clinical Commissioning Group, is supporting Alcohol Awareness Week.

He said: “Alcohol can be an important factor in many health conditions, including cancers, high blood pressure, mental health issues and brain damage.

“Many people are risking their health by regularly drinking too much and may not realise the harm their drinking could cause them. That’s why it’s important to remind people of the risks and sensible drinking guidelines.”

Since the service began, 413 patients have been treated. Most of them have been between the ages of 18 and 22, and more than half have avoided needing hospital treatment thanks to the care they received from the St John Ambulance team. 
 

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