'Help point' dishing out drink advice to revellers
CITY centre visitors are being offered advice on responsible drinking by substance abuse experts.
West Glamorgan Council on Alcohol and Drug Abuse (WGCADA) is providing support to Swansea's help point, which operates on busy nights in Castle Square.
The help point provides assistance to people in need of help after over-indulging on a night out, including dressing minor injuries and phoning friends or relatives of people incapable of getting themselves home safely.
But they are hoping by teaming up with WGCADA, and people heeding their advice, they can make less people need their service.
Fiona Hughes, help point co-ordinator, said: "Drinking to excess is so easily done, yet easily avoidable if people remain aware of what they are drinking and follow our simple safety tips.
"I urge people to please know their limits when drinking alcohol. By all means have a few drinks and enjoy a night out, but don't drink so much that you end up needing our help or even worse, wind up in A&E or in a prison cell."
WGCADA runs an alcohol awareness course for people who find themselves in trouble with the law, or banned from pubs after a night out gets out of hand.
And they advise on alcohol awareness and responsible drinking.
Lisa Shipton, of WGCADA, said: "Lots of people enjoy drinking responsibly; however sometimes after too much alcohol some people can find themselves saying or doing things which they would not normally say or do when sober. Most people who attend the course have never been in any trouble and have said they never thought they would be attending an alcohol awareness course.
"We believe that the course is informative and interesting and hopefully will give people some helpful hints and tips on how to enjoy drinking responsibly, resulting in happier, safer nights out for all."
Help point staff regularly deal with the effects of excessive drinking, including violence, aggression, promiscuity, injuries from falls, and sickness.
To enjoy a night out, drinkers are advised not to drink in rounds, which can mean people drink more than they would, to eat before you go out, and drink soft drinks between alcoholic drinks.