Alcohol reduction support

We deliver this project at Meadow Well Connected and offer support to individuals and families affected by or experiencing problematic alcohol use in North Tyneside

Problematic alcohol use

Problematic alcohol use can affect your concentration, speech, balance, vision, coordination, judgement, and overall health.
Exactly how it affects you depends on several factors:

  1. The amount you drink
  2. Your gender and age
  3. Your body size
  4. How quickly you drink
  5. Your mood
  6. The amount and type of food you have eaten
  7. Your past experiences with drinking
  8. Medications you are taking that may interact with alcohol
  9. Your overall health

Health effects of short-term heavy drinking

Drinking too much alcohol can cause:

  1. Drowsiness
  2. Dizziness
  3. Slurred speech
  4. Reduced inhibition
  5. Loss of coordination skills
  6. Inability to think and judge clearly
  7. Inability to estimate distances
  8. Decreased reaction times Confusion or memory loss
  9. Blackouts
  10. Negative mood states (depression)
  11. Violence
  12. Suicide
  13. Vomiting and choking
  14. Irregular heartbeat
  15. Respiratory depression, coma, or death

Health effects of long-term problematic alcohol use

Over time, problematic use can lead to more serious health problems such as:

  1. Brain damage (dementia, difficulties with coordination, and motor control
  2. Depression
  3. Increased risk of suicide
  4. Increased risk of high blood pressure
  5. Increased risk of stroke
  6. Increased risk of heart disease
  7. Liver damage
  8. Stomach ulcers
  9. Blood vessel disorders
  10. Impotency in men
  11. Menstrual irregularities in women
  12. Some types of cancer
  13. Addiction
  14. Death
  15. Long-term problematic alcohol use can also lead to professional, personal, financial, and legal problems, any of which can affect your health.

The Support we offer

  1. Alcohol misuse and its effects.
  2. Alcohol awareness, education and support towards a reduction plan.
  3. Management of debt/money issues.
  4. Referral to other agencies for specific support.
  5. Support with routes to work, through volunteering, training and other projects.
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