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One-to-one alcohol courses available across north Essex
1:30pm Thursday 12th September 2013 in News
ALCOHOL awareness courses are being set up in north Essex to help people who think they drink too much.
The new initiative has been launched by Anglian Community Enterprise alcohol health trainer, Hannah Taylor.
It comes as fresh figures show 10 million people are regularly drinking more than the recommended daily allowance.
Miss Taylor said: “Our service is primarily about early intervention for people aged 16 and above who feel they may have an alcohol issue, no matter how mild their concern may be.
“Alcohol abuse can very easily creep up on you so it is far better to seek advice early rather than wait until it is a severe problem.”
She added: “Since I took on my role last year, I’ve advised lots of people, sometimes referring them on to other alcohol services, and I feel there could be a real benefit to offering one-to-one sessions in a relaxed, non-judgemental environment.”
The alcohol expert also said drinking problems are beginning because people are drinking more at home to save money and aren’t pouring proper measures.
She added: “My biggest challenge is getting people to accept that they are perhaps drinking more than they should.
“Most people who are drinking more than is good for their health don’t realise or won’t accept they are doing so.”
The one-to-one sessions are held at Colchester Cornerstone, in Sir Isaac's Walk, on Monday mornings, and Clacton Hospital on Tuesday mornings.
Booking is essential, on 0800 731 3133.
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