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Know your limits this Christmas

Christmas should be a time for family and togetherness but not everybody has a loving environment in which they can feel safe and secure at this time of year.  Please spare a thought for those who are facing the prospect of being alone during this festive period.

Whether it be leaving out a glass of sherry for Santa Claus on Christmas Eve, or sharing a mug of mulled wine with friends, Christmas time for many is also associated with the consumption of alcohol.

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With this in mind, our Alcohol Recovery Community Hub North has been talking to its clients and members of the public to raise awareness of safe drinking limits and to warn people of the risks associated with alcohol misuse. In the short term, exceeding safe drinking limits can lower inhibitions and lead people to do things that they would not normally do; there is also a recognised association between excessive alcohol use, violent crime and cases of domestic violence. In the longer term, alcohol misuse is linked to a variety of serious mental and physical health problems.

ARCH North would therefore encourage people to drink responsibly during the festive period, to stay safe and to spare a thought for those who are less fortunate than themselves.

Most of all, ARCH North would like to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

If you or somebody you know has a problem with alcohol or drugs, support is available from many services across the city.

Useful Links:

BSMHFT ARCH     www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/our-services/addictions-services/addictions-recovery-community-hub-arch/   
                                 0121 301 0000

Alcoholics Anonymous          www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk
                                                   0845 769 7555

Narcotics Anonymous           www.ukna.org   
                                                   0300 999 1212    


Birmingham and Solihull Women's Aid           www.bswaid.org/           
                                                                                 0800 073 2606     
         
Aquarius           www.aquarius.org.uk   
                           0121 414 1222

Birmingham Crisis           www.birminghamcrisis.org.uk  
                                              0121 507 0707

Salvation Army          www.salvationarmy.org.uk   
                                    0121 507 8500

PALS           www.bsmhft.nhs.uk/service-user-and-carer/customer-relations/
                    0800 953 0045

Samaritans            www.samaritans.org    
                                 0121 666 6644

SIFA Fireside         www.sifafireside.co.uk   
                                 0121 766 1700

Birmingham City Council Domestic Violence           www.birmingham.gov.uk/domesticviolence