"We're here to help" says local alcohol support service

It’s important that we look after our own wellbeing at any time, but more so now during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

In times of stress, some of us may find ourselves, or family and friends around us, drinking more alcohol than usual. A recent survey by Alcohol Change UK found that, since the lockdown was introduced, 21% of people reported drinking more frequently and 15% drinking larger amounts. 

Alcohol can affect our mood, quality of sleep, relationship and general wellbeing. If you feel you or someone close to you needs help and support, you can access free telephone support by contacting Dyfed Drug & Alcohol Service (DDAS) on 03303 639 997 or by emailing: confidential@d-das.co.uk

Ros Jervis, Director of Public Health at Hywel Dda University Health Board said: “Managing how much alcohol we drink is one of the most important things we can do to look after our mental and physical wellbeing. It’s especially important during the Covid -19 pandemic when stress or anxiety levels may already be high, so I encourage anyone who feels they need support to get in touch with the service.”

Sian Roberts, Service Manager of DDAS added: “DDAS are still open for business and we look forward to supporting you. You can contact us for free and confidential advice and guidance. We are also running a #TimeToBrew campaign which is all about building resilience and ensuring wellbeing particularly during lockdown and as we move into the next phase - you can find lots of resources and follow our campaign at https://barod.cymru/time-to-brew-campaign-2020/".

Uwch Swyddog Cyfathrebu | Senior Communications Officer

01267 239554  Mediaoffice.hyweldda@wales.nhs.uk