Glasgow Council on Alcohol
Glasgow Council on Alcohol is a voluntary organisation working with individuals, families and communities to promote health and wellbeing. We offer direct support for people to abstain from alcohol or reduce their alcohol consumption, provide training and education and work in partnership with communities and other agencies to achieve our main aim of reducing the harm caused by alcohol and drugs.
Glasgow Council on Alcohol will use its position as Glasgow’s leading voluntary organisation tackling the misuse of alcohol to:
- Improve health and wellbeing
- Address inequalities in service provision and enable wider access to services
- Improve alcohol and drug education
- Work alongside partners in the provision of services and education
- Influence the social climate to reduce harmful alcohol consumption
Glasgow Council on Alcohol values and respects the diversity of people and understands that:
- Health is vital to individuals, family relationships, communities and society
- Everyone has the right to live in safety
- Everyone has the right to be accepted and treated equally
- Everyone should have access to education, information and high quality confidential services
- Services should be client centred, respectful and non-judgemental; their staff and volunteers do not exploit, oppress or cause physical or emotional harm to others
During the festival season, people may feel pressure to drink more than normal. Drinkers may be unaware of how alcohol will affect them until it’s too late and they may become vulnerable as a result. With careful planning, the festival season can be enjoyed safely and without harm.
Here are some valuable tips to help you enjoy the festival season safely:
1. Resist peer pressure; don’t be afraid to say no. If you plan to drink make sure you have something to eat beforehand.
2. Make sure you pour your own drinks. A small measure to one person may be 2 or 3 times a normal pub measure.3. If you do drink alcohol, reduce the effects by alternating with soft drinks.
4. Agree to meet up with friends to travel home together and keep to the agreement.
5. Do you know how you are getting home? Plan ahead – Make sure you set aside money to pay for transport home Arrange for a dedicated driver to take you home safely or pre book your taxi with a reputable firm. Remember, you can no longer drink alcohol on trains and may be refused access to a train if you are drunk.
For more information and support services contact Glasgow Council on Alcohol on 0141 353 1800.
Have a very happy and safe festival season.
BOARD MEMBERS REQUIRED
We are looking to expand membership of our Board of Directors, to develop the strategic direction, support the aims and objectives and ensure good governance. If you can devote some time and are motivated to assisting us we would welcome your application.
We would be particularly interested in hearing from result orientated, enthusiastic and caring individuals with skills, experience and knowledge in any of the following areas:
- Change management / business transformation/strategy
- Expertise in commissioning/procurement of services
- Accountancy/financial management
- Human resource management
- Therapeutic approaches
- Legal expertise
- Social media, marketing, digital marketing and PR
- Experience of working in a senior position with public health and social care agencies
- Expertise in the field of alcohol, drugs, addictions, criminal justice, homelessness
Board membership is voluntary and unpaid, although travel expenditure on behalf of the charity will be reimbursed. Learning and development opportunities exist for all Board members, including induction training.
For an application pack, contact Glasgow Council on Alcohol, 14 North Claremont Street, Glasgow G3 7LE Tel: 0141 353 1800, or e-mail us firstname.lastname@example.org
For further information please contact our Chief Executive, Gary Meek on 0141 353 1800.
A massive congratulations to our BEN NEVIS CHALLENGE team who climbed the Big One on Saturday. Starting their day at 6am at Glasgow Council on Alcohol they reached the summit by 2pm. A great time was had by all and, with special mention to Shirley as Top Fundraiser, they managed to raise a fantastic £1028 for GCA!
Pictured here is GCA's Fundraising Officer Charlie Farrally at the summit. Your support will help us to continue our life changing work in and around Glasgow, providing education, counselling and practical support to families who need our help. To see what we do and why we do it click here.
Glasgow Council on Alcohol are one of more that 130 employers who have signed up to the Glasgow Living Wage. What is a Living Wage?...... The Living wage is a term used to describe the minimum hourly wage necessary for shelter (housing and incidentals such as clothing and other basic needs) and nutrition for a person for an extended period of time (lifetime). This standard generally means that a person working full-time, with no additional income, should be able to afford a specified quality or quantity of housing, food, utilities, transport, health care, and recreation.
The Glasgow Living Wage was launched in March 2009. It sets a new guaranteed minimum standard of income for all Council workers, set at £7.85 an hour.
COSCA Counselling Skills
The COSCA Counselling Skills course is aimed at individuals working in a helping role but is also useful in any context in which communication takes place, for example, personnel work and management. The course helps the individuals who complete modules 1-4, to develop and apply counselling skills to non-counselling settings and gives a professionally recognised qualification in counselling skills. COSCA also provides an excellent starting point for those who wish to train as a counsellor or psychotherapist.
We will run this course again in early Septemeber 2015, please contact Debbie Young on 0141 353 1800 or email Neil.Macaulay@glasgowcouncilonalcohol.org for further details.
Download a booking form here.
On Friday (5th December 2014) new legislation comes into place in Scotland that reduces the amount of alcohol you can have in your blood, breath or urine whilst still legally being able to drive.
This means it has become virtually impossible to judge how much you can drink before getting behind the wheel. So the best advice is if you are driving then don’t drink alcohol at all.
Just one alcoholic drink before driving can make you THREE times more likely to be involved in a fatal car crash.
And around one in ten deaths on Scottish roads involve a driver over the legal limit.
So what are the new limits? They are:
• 50mg of alcohol per 100ml blood
• 22mcg of alcohol per 100ml breath
• 67mg of alcohol per 100ml urine
What does it mean? Well, in today’s strengths and measures, one unit of alcohol is equal to:
• 25ml measure of spirits
• Half of a 175ml standard glass of wine (13% ABV)
• Half a pint of beer/lager (4% ABV)
And unit of alcohol contains 8g or 10ml of pure ethanol.
It takes approximately one hour for each unit of alcohol to be processed by your body and around ten hours for the following drinks to leave your system:
• 1 average bottle of wine
• 6 bottles of premium beer or lager
• 7 pub measures of spirits
So if you’re still keen on driving, you need a lot of information. You need to work out exactly how many drinks you’ve had, how many units it equates to, when you were drinking, how long the alcohol is in your system for, how long it will take to be processed by your body before finally working out when you’ll be safe enough to drive ...
Still want to risk it? Well let’s have a look at the consequences of being caught whilst over the limit.
Okay, so any amount of alcohol will affect your ability to drive and many people wrongly believe that because they feel OK the morning after the night before that they are fit to drive. You may not be.
And if you’re caught, it doesn’t matter how much you’ve had to drink. Just over the limit or well over the limit - the consequences are all the same.
Being caught the next morning will result in the same consequences as if you had been caught the night before. Take a deep breath, these are the possible outcomes for someone caught even just over the limit:
• An automatic 12 month driving ban
• The risk of a £5000 fine
• A criminal record for a minimum of 20 years
• A minimum 40 year criminal record if the offence attracts a prison sentence
• The offence will stay on your licence for 11 years
• The risk of a six month prison sentence
• And your car may be crushed or sold
Our advice? Don’t risk it. Leave the car at home or don’t drink at all. Don’t drive the next morning if you’ve been drinking the night before.