New Year’s Resolution Roadshow - resolve to break the cycle of drug or alcohol abuse in 2010

Resolve to break bad habits this new year with support from Hackney’s Drug and Alcohol Team (DAAT). The team responsible for providing expert support services to those suffering from drug and alcohol related problems will visit supermarkets from Tuesday 5 until Friday 6 January (10am-4pm) to inform residents about local treatment and detoxification services as well as talking therapies.

According to recent statistics, giving up drinking is the most popular New Years Resolution in the UK with 4 million people in the UK pledging to give alcohol a miss for the month of January.

Staff from the Council’s Drugs and Alcohol team will be at following venues from 10-4pm.

Tuesday 5 January Dalston Kingsland Shopping Centre

Wednesday 6 January Hoxton Street Market (outside Iceland)

Thursday 7 January Somerfield (Stamford Hill)

Friday 8 January Tesco (Morning Lane)

The January’s New Year’s Resolution Roadshow marks the first step in a series of informal educational events aimed at members of the community who want to find out more about crucial issues relating to alcohol and drug abuse. The themes, which will be covered once a month in informal discussions sessions, were chosen by the public. At each monthly event, there will be opportunities to ask local experts questions.

The first theme to be covered at The Ocean on January 26 (1-3pm and 6-8pm) is “Cannabis and recreational drugs – fact and fiction.” Other themes will include, ”How addiction works – what happens to the body and what this means” and “Controlled drugs and alcohol - myth busters.”

Cllr Alan Laing, Cabinet Member for Neighbourhoods said: “The Christmas and New Year holidays often bring home to people the impact of a problem with alcohol and drugs. January can feel like the right time for a fresh start and for breaking old habits, which is why the council’s drugs and alcohol team are out in force offering support to all those thinking of addressing a problem and wanting to find out more about support available to them locally.”