Leeds charity: Consider your drinking impact

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A Leeds alcohol and drugs service is encouraging people to think about how their drinking can affect family life.

Forward Leeds will be running awareness events at three of Leeds City Council’s One Stop Centres as part of Alcohol Awareness Week (November 13 to 19).

The organisation is also launching a social media campaign with a hashtag of #LoveMyFamily aimed at making people think again about how alcohol impacts on the relationships between themselves and their partners and families.

Bill Owen, early intervention and prevention manager for Forward Leeds, said: “Alcohol can have a big impact on family lives, even for families that don’t think they drink that much.

“There is evidence to suggest that even for parents who don’t regularly drink large amounts, drinking can still have negative effects on their children.”

Forward Leeds will be at the Reginald One Stop Centre in Chapeltown on November 15, the Dewsbury Road centre on November 16 and the Armley One Stop Centre on November 17.

Visitors will be able to get information and advice about the impact of alcohol on children.

Mr Owen added: “It can also impact on relationships and is a big factor in domestic violence.

”We are hoping that through Alcohol Awareness Week people will take some time to consider how alcohol may be affecting their family life.

“They can then start to have a conversation about positive changes that they might want to make to their lifestyle.”