Alcohol Awareness Week 2024

What is Alcohol Awareness Week?

Alcohol Awareness Week (AAW) is a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more. This year’s Alcohol Awareness Week takes place from 1-7 July on the theme of ‘Understanding Alcohol Harm’.

AAW is a chance for the UK to get thinking about drinking. It’s a week of awareness-raising, campaigning for change, and more.

Understanding alcohol harm

Alcohol can sometimes play a centre-stage role in our lives. It’s promoted as we watch our favourite sports, advertised as we travel to work and strategically placed in our favourite films and TV shows. It’s there when we celebrate, commiserate and when we’re just trying to cope.

Yet alcohol is harming our health and wellbeing on a daily basis, from the quality of the sleep we’re getting, to our relationships with those we love. And each year, thousands of people experience long-term health problems as a result of the alcohol they drink, or die from alcohol-related causes.

Because we know that with the right culture and policies in place, we can create an environment in which we are all better informed and better protected from the harms caused by alcohol. With improved regulation of alcohol marketing, clearer alcohol labelling, better support and treatment, and a culture that places people, not alcohol, at the centre of things, we can protect and transform our shared public services and make improvements for all.

Find support

Across North Yorkshire and the North East, Spectrum Community Health CIC works in partnership with Humankind and Changing Lives to provide substance misuse support for individuals and families affected by drugs and alcohol. Our partnership services are:

North Yorkshire Horizons – the substance misuse service for North Yorkshire, rated “Outstanding” by the Care Quality Commission. Contact the service on 01723 330730 or email

County Durham Drug and Alcohol Service – non-judgemental support for adults struggling with drugs or alcohol in County Durham.

South Tyneside Adult Recovery Service (STARS)

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