Alcohol Awareness programme due for Wigtownshire

Witgtownshire Alcohol Awareness Week has been publicised through the use of posters by local school kids
Witgtownshire Alcohol Awareness Week has been publicised through the use of posters by local school kids

NEXT week signals the start of the Wigtownshire Alcohol Awareness Week, with a programme of events taking place in Stranraer.

Wigtownshire Alcohol and Drugs Partnership will be on the Castle Square from Monday after a consultation with various partner agencies who suggested ideas of what to include.

Chief Inspector Irvine Watson, Area Commander Wigtownshire, said: “Scotland sadly carries a culture of alcohol misuse which is often portrayed in the media in either comical or amusing circumstances, however the reality of alcohol misuse is far from funny or indeed anything to be proud of.”

DC Scott Jardine, Substance Misuse Coordinator for Dumfries and Galloway Constabulary added: “The over-indulgence of alcohol unfortunately can effect all members of the public in a detrimental fashion. We are pleased to be involved with the Wigtownshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership providing information to all of members of the public on the potential dangers of over excess. The Police cannot solve these issues in isolation and recognise that issues can be resolved whilst working with our partners.

“We urge all members of the public to visit the displays and obtain as much education material as the wish, there will also be Police Officers present who will be able to provide information on criminality and associated Police related subjects.”

Mhairi Ross, Centre Co-Ordinator, Stranraer Unit said: “Problem drinking is a big concern in our area and is something we see a lot of the after effects of. We will be offering free auricular acupuncture sessions run by our own trained specialist. This can help with detox and recovery and is also very relaxing.”

On Friday 5 October, Dumfries and Galloway Fire and Rescue Service will be offering a ‘new for old exchange’ on electric blankets and used, traditional chip pans for an electric thermostatic one.