Wake Up

Wake Up is here to encourage and inspire you to think about your drinking habits and enjoy alcohol safely. We want to motivate you to ‘Wake Up’ to a healthier you and embrace life without the hangover.

We know it’s been an incredibly hard year. People miss their friends; juggling home-schooling and work feels like a never-ending task and it’s easy to turn to drink as a way of coping with that. But alcohol isn’t the answer – it leaves you feeling foggy the next morning, you don’t sleep as well and have even less energy to deal with the kids.

Wake Up, features real stories from North Yorkshire people about how and why they manage their alcohol intake. Take a look here. We also have special pages dedicated to ways to help reduce or give up alcohol, like taking a break, having days off, shrinking the amount you drink, and even tips on how to talk to your friends about drinking less. We’ve now set up for tips on how to cut down in Lockdown.

Try our quiz to see what personality type you are and which approach is best to help you reduce your drink.

What the research says:

It could be harmful to your health to regularly drink more than:

  • six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer a week*, or
  • three medium glasses of wine or pints of beer (for women) or four medium glasses of wine or pints of beer (for men) on any single occasion*
  • Regularly drinking more than six medium glasses of wine or pints of beer a week increases your risk of cancer, heart disease and liver disease.

*This is based approximately on a medium glass of 11% wine (1.9 units) or a pint of 3.8% beer (2.2 units)

Alcohol related hospital admissions are rising at a faster rate in North Yorkshire than the national average.  

How To Get Help

If you’re concerned about the amount you’re drinking, or if alcohol is negatively affecting your life, there are many ways to get help:

See Your GP

Your GP can talk with you about your concerns and tell you about the services and/or treatments that are available to you. Talking about alcohol to a GP can seem scary, but your GP is there to help you.

Contact Alcohol Helplines

If you prefer, you can contact one of the organisations below:

North Yorkshire Horizons helpline on 08000 14 14 80

Drinkline national alcohol helpline on 0300 123 1110

Alcohol Change UK helpline on 020 3907 8480

Alcoholics Anonymous helpline on 0800 9177 650

Al-Anon Family Groups helpline on 020 7403 0888