24 April 2020
Islanders are being reminded of the support available from the Alcohol and Drug Service.
It is expected that with pubs now being closed in Jersey, there may be a rise in home drinking and Islanders are advised to drink responsibly during the period of the Government’s Stay Home instruction. Support is available from the Alcohol and Drug Services if needed and this service can be contacted Monday to Friday between 9am -5pm on 01534 445000.
Islanders are encouraged to recognise the warning signs of alcohol misuse, which could act as a catalyst for substance abuse and relapse.
Manager of the Government Alcohol Team Laura Hunter said: “As Islanders are being advised to stay home to control the spread of COVID-19, we are aware that social isolation could increase the use of alcohol as a coping mechanism when difficult emotions arise.
“It is important to recognise that alcohol can increase feelings of anxiety and depression and should not be used as way to cope. We recommend drinking a maximum of 14 units a week and having alcohol-free days to avoid developing problems and to seek other forms of relaxation and wellbeing.”
The Alcohol and Drug Service, continues to provide its full range of support services including supervised community alcohol detox in client’s homes, ensuring social distancing measures are enforced and appropriate personal protection equipment is used.
All usual front-facing assessment and contact has now ceased within community clinics and venues; however, provision has been made for ongoing clients to have continued support and treatment via regular phone contact.
The service continues to work closely with the General Hospital, States of Jersey Police and the Mental Health Team to support the referral of clients at difficult times.
Islanders concerned about their health with regards to substance misuse, should seek medical advice by calling their GP or the Alcohol and Drug Services on 01534 445000.