Tackling Alcohol Issues in a Different Way
This video introduces the Communities in Charge of Alcohol initiative. The aim of this scheme is to train people across Greater Manchester to become ‘champions’ who can help others rethink their attitudes towards alcohol, including their own drinking habits.
Communities in Charge of Alcohol - by Salford Uni
This video gives you an in depth look at the Communities in Change of Alcohol scheme. This includes interviews with the designated ‘champions’ themselves, who are working towards helping others rethink their relationship with alcohol.
I was isolating myself, my health was suffering
I had an increasing problem with alcohol use for years. As a result, I got into debt and lost my job. I then began to realise it had become a problem, as I was isolating myself and my health was suffering.
I didn't think it would ever become a problem
I first started drinking when I was about 13 with friends. We would drink at the park on a Friday and Saturday night. It was the normal thing to do and everybody was doing it.
I was 16, everyone my age was doing it
We would either get served in the pub or buy it from the shop and take it down the park or reservoir and get drunk. It was easy back then to get served and no one ever questioned us being under aged. Growing up I was always shy and alcohol gave me confidence.
I first tried alcohol when I was fifteen years old
I first tried alcohol when I was fifteen with friends. Everyone else was doing it and so I joined in. It looked fun. We would save whatever money we could during the week to buy cheap cider and wine at the weekend.