To support Alcohol Awareness Week, we have released the Ageing well – Alcohol and other drugs use in later life: Evidence Review (chapter three), and brought together Research in Practice resources on alcohol, families and relationships.
Many of us associate alcohol with socialising and it can become a big part of our connections and interactions. However drinking doesn’t only impact individuals, it also affects our families and relationships, communities and society as a whole.
The third chapter of the Ageing Well: Evidence Review considers alcohol and other drug use in later life. It discusses the various factors which may contribute to the use of alcohol and both prescription and non-prescription drugs, including long-term health conditions or loneliness, as well as recreation and social connections.
A three minute video from Imogen Blood also looks at the various reasons behind alcohol and drug use despite potential harm which include boredom and dealing with stress. Additionally, in a 15 minute video Imogen considers the Cycle of Change model and how taking control of drinking can create happier relationships, as well as improved health and wellbeing.
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Resources on alcohol, families and relationships
Alcohol and drugs are an issue for many people that come into contact with social care services. Practitioners have a key role in working effectively with people and families who use alcohol and other drugs. The following resources look at alcohol, families and relationships.
- Alcohol, social connections and community spirit: Views
- Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) – identifying and responding in practice with families: Frontline Briefing
- Identifying Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders in practice with families: Views
- Loneliness and social connection: Good practice now and in the future - Recorded Webinar
- Recognising the impact of loneliness: Views
- Parental mental health: Frontline Briefing
- Pre-birth assessment: Strategic Briefing
- Promoting the importance of human relationships: Views
- Social connection, loneliness and lockdown: Views
- The impact of parental substance use on child development: Frontline Briefing
- The Cycle of Change: Video
- Working effectively with people who use alcohol and other drugs harmfully: Views
- Working effectively with people who use alcohol and other drugs harmfully: Recorded Webinar
- Working with people who self-neglect: Practice Tool
- Why do people use alcohol and drugs despite the harm? Video