Alcohol health champions tackling booze misuse

The alcohol health champions getting their certificates
The alcohol health champions getting their certificates
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Residents have been recognised for volunteering to help their neighbours look at alcohol issues in their community.

The alcohol health champions have received training which helped them gain a qualification on how to make a difference to their area by tackling alcohol misuse.

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Wigan Council deputy leader Coun Keith Cunliffe was on hand at The Green Grass Centre in Hag Fold, Leigh, to present them with their level two award in understanding alcohol misuse from The Royal Society of Public Health.

The training is part of the Communities in Charge of Alcohol programme which is running across Greater Manchester. The scheme encourages the community to come together to look at ways to reduce harm in the area caused by alcohol.

This can include getting involved in licensing decisions if it is deemed an important way of tackling alcohol misuse as well as talking to family and friends about the impact.

Champions are also able to support people to find healthier alternatives, reduce their drinking and where necessary guide them to more specialist support from Healthy Routes and Addaction.

The first champions, supported by Wigan Council and Addaction, are now using their knowledge to train others on issues such as the impact alcohol can have on physical and mental health as well as ways to help people reduce their intake.

They are also hosting drop-in sessions in the community and pop-up stalls at events in Hag Fold.

Coun Cunliffe said: “Empowering people and giving them the skills to address issues which affect their community is what The Deal for Health and Wellness is all about.

"We know that support from friends and family makes a huge difference in addressing health issues such as alcohol misuse and people are more likely to take on help and advice from someone they know.”