As you may be aware Drink Wise, Age Well frontline services came to an end in March 2020 and we are now in our legacy stage
Since then we have grown increasingly concerned about older adults who may be drinking more due to lockdown. We recently commissioned a poll that found that more than four million people aged over 50 in the UK are binge drinking at least once a week during lockdown. We also know that the factors that can lead to increased alcohol use in an older population; retirement, bereavement, isolation and loss of sense of purpose, may be exacerbated by the pandemic.
In response they are launching an over 50s Alcohol Helpline supported by the National Lottery Community Fund. This will be available 7 days a week; Monday to Friday at 12pm - 8pm and 10am to 4pm at weekends. The number is 0808 801 0750.
If you can help promote the helpline it would be much appreciated. This could be sharing the number on your website, or supporting us on social media. Our campaign toolkit provides some suggestions
We are also launching an over 50s online alcohol health check and our webchat service will continue to be available at www.wearewithyou.org.uk. The Drink Wise, Age Well Legacy website is being updated to share all our learning and will be relaunched in the next few weeks.