Calderdale Recovery Steps is supporting a national campaign in Alcohol Awareness Week to help people who may have increased their drinking during the pandemic.

Adele Molyneux, Area Manager at Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “The stresses and strains of lockdown and the pandemic have seen more people in England consuming more alcohol.

“Lives have been turned upside down. People have new financial worries. The people we’re seeing can feel more lonely and cut off from family and friends.”

Alcohol Awareness Week, which runs from 16th to 22nd November aims to encourage people to become aware of the health consequences of how much they are drinking. This year it has a theme of alcohol and mental health.

Adele encouraged local people who may be concerned about their alcohol consumption to get in touch. They were also now able to take an Alcohol Test to review their consumption and monitor it with a free DrinkCoach app.

The Royal College of Psychiatrists estimates that in June, more than 8.4 million people in England were drinking at higher-risk levels, up from 4.8 million in February 2020.

Mark Holmes, of DrinkCoach: “If you’re concerned about your drinking, you can monitor your drinking on our free app, reflect on it and set yourself some goals. Our website has lots of information, especially around mental health and on there you can take the Alcohol Test to get some honest feedback on your drinking, and that’s really important.”

The Calderdale Recovery Steps service is joining over 3,000 other organisations across the country to raise awareness of the link between alcohol and mental health for Alcohol Awareness Week.

Make a slight change to your drinking to feel the benefits says Calderdale Recovery Steps


The Calderdale alcohol and drugs service Calderdale Recovery Steps are asking people to pledge a small change to their drinking behaviour and share it on social media using the hashtag #InspiredChange.

It is part of a campaign led by Calderdale during Alcohol Awareness Week which runs from the 19th to 25rd November to encourage people to review their drinking.

Lisa Brook, Complex Need HOPE Worker for Calderdale Recovery Steps said: “We are hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”

Lisa continued: “There are plenty of good reasons to cut back on your drinking including watching your weight, reducing stress and saving money as well as staying healthier for longer.

“Making a small, manageable change like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it. So we’re asking them to make a personal pledge to change and share it on social media using #InspiredChange.”

Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Concern. The theme this year is “change”.