Over the course of Alcohol Awareness Week Forward Leeds spoke to over 200 members of the public about their drinking.

High profile individuals in Leeds, including the CEO of Leeds Council, showed their support for Alcohol Awareness Week with public pledges about alcohol.

Forward Leeds ran a campaign asking people to pledge an “Inspired Change” to their drinking habits and feel the benefits. The campaign ran across Leeds from the 19th to 25th of November and involved support from the Leeds Hospitals Teaching Trust, the Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Group and Leeds City Council.

Bill Owen, Early Intervention and Prevention Manager for Forward Leeds said: “We were hoping that in Alcohol Awareness Week people would take some time to consider how a small change to their drinking might have a big impact on their life.”


Ant Arthur of Radio Aire

Ant Arthur of Radio Aire Breakfast

Bill continued: “They really took the messages on board and at our events across the city we had people making public pledges as well as private ones about changing their behaviour.

“Making small, manageable changes like cutting out that after work drink or having more drink free days can mean huge health benefits and people will feel better for it.”

Bill Owen was interviewed on Radio Aire and the campaign was also featured in the Yorkshire Evening Post and on the local BBC news website.

The Leeds alcohol and drug service organised a major Alcohol Awareness event on November 23rd in Kirkgate Market in the city centre where they were joined by One You Leeds, the NHS and Carers Leeds among others.

Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds Council

Tom Riordan, CEO of Leeds Council

Forward Leeds also ran alcohol awareness events across the city including at Leeds General Infirmary and Leeds Beckett University on the 20th November, Leeds University Student Union on the 21st November, Boots the Chemist in the Trinity Centre and Leeds City College, on the 22nd of November and at Leeds Railway Station on the evening of the 23rd November.

Alcohol Awareness Week is a national campaign organised by Alcohol Change UK.

Neil Gough of Neil's Greengrocers

Neil Gough of Neil’s Greengrocers

Aidy from Malcolm Michaels Butchers

Aidy from Malcolm Michaels Butchers

Matt Millington of Leeds Live

Matt Millington of Leeds Live

Rachel Dukes of Leeds City Council

Rachel Dukes of Leeds City Council

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