We’re raising awareness this week about the impact alcohol can have on our relationships.

We offer free advice, information and support to anyone struggling with their own or someone else’s alcohol or drug use. Contact us by phone 01856 877750 or email enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk to find out more.

Keep an eye on this page for further links and information throughout #AlcoholAwarenessWeek

Day 5

Evidence shows that young people who start drinking at an early age drink more, and more frequently, than those who delay their first alcoholic drink.

The average teen starts drinking at age 13.

Parents and caregivers can play a crucial role in helping young people develop a healthy relationship with alcohol. It can be a difficult topic to raise with teenagers, but there’s lots of advice out there. Click here to download a factsheet from Alcohol Change UK and here for tips from Drinkaware.

If you’re worried about how your drinking affects your children, get information and tips here.

We offer advice and support to parents and young people affected by their own or someone else’s drinking. Contact us by phone 01856 877750 or email enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk

Day 4

A problem shared is a problem halved. If you and your partner drink together, you could help each other to cut down. Making a joint plan to reduce your drinking can be easier than trying to make changes alone.

For information on alcohol and relationships visit the Alcohol Change UK website or download a fact sheet here. For more tips on reducing the amount you and your partner drink visit the Drinkaware website.

If you’re looking for help, please get in touch. We can work one-to-one, with couples or groups, providing advice, information and support.

Day 3

It’s easy to lose track of how much alcohol you’re drinking. Then you start to notice it’s affecting your relationships, your ability to work and your mental health.

How much is too much? Find out more at the Alcohol Change UK website or click here to download a factsheet.

Day 2

Worrying about a loved one’s drinking is stressful and it can be hard to know what to do. They may not think they have a problem. You may be supporting them on your own and have no one to talk to about it.

Support is here for you. We work with people who are concerned about someone else’s drinking or drug use, providing free advice, information and support tailored to your needs.

Contact RS Orkney by phone 01856 877750 or email enquiries@rsorkney.org.uk.

Click here for information on supporting your family member or loved one and here to download a factsheet.

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs have a national Helpline for anyone concerned about a loved one’s substance use. Call 08080 101011 or visit their website.

Day 1

Watch this video to see how Dave’s drinking nearly caused his relationship with Emma to fall apart….but then he found he could change.