Christmas and New Year’s celebrations are a joyous time for many, yet for someone recovering from an alcohol addiction, this time of year can be challenging.

There are on average around 1,000 adults across Solihull getting support for their addiction, approximately half of that figure is for alcohol. Alcohol misuse can lead to feelings of loneliness, shame and guilt. It doesn’t discriminate, it can impact anyone, of any age, in any circumstance.

The eager gift buyers amongst us might be starting to buy gifts, or planning to do so this weekend, with that being said, we are encouraging you to be mindful about what presents you buy this year and who you gift them to. An innocent gift of a bottle of wine, or chocolate liqueurs could be a potential trigger for someone with an alcohol addiction.

If you would like to gift something to a loved one, think of alternatives, like going out to do something together, making something for them or gifting them something that makes them reflect on how far they have come!

Solihull Integrated Addiction Services (SIAS) is a partnership of organisations including Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust, Welcome, Aquarius, Changes UK, Urban Heard and commissioned by Solihull Council to ensure everyone living in the borough who is affected by a drug, alcohol or gambling addiction can access the support they need.

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction, we are here for you. Please visit