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 with other agencies and communities to achieve our main aim of reducing 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
The Glasgow Winter Night Shelter is now open at Renfield St Stephen's Church Centre, Bath Street. It is free and available to everyone with nowhere else to sleep. Opening times are 10:30pm - 7:30am until February 28th 2015.
Please see the GHN website for the opening times for provision of homelessness services over the festive period.
Our SOS Bus will be supporting people throughout the Festive period at our previous location in Gordon Street, opposite Central Station. We will there to provide support, advice, first aid and help to get home every Friday and Saturday on December. We will also be there on Wednesday 31st December (Hogmanay) to help make sure we stay safe and have fun during the New Year celebrations.
Location: Gordon Street
Time of shift 10.30pm – 4 am
Dates of Fridays and Saturdays in December:
5th 6th, 12th 13th, 19th 20th, 26th 27th,
Also Wednesday 31st December (Hogmanay)
This Friday (5th December) 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.
The third GRAND Recovery Runners event took place yesterday with a record 127 people taking part. The day was a great success with perfect weather conditions and a genuine camaraderie between those taking part.
Thanks to everyone who was responsible for organising the event, thanks also to the many volunteers who made it work yesterday, and our hosts at Lodging House Mission (LHM) who made us feel very welcome before and after the race. Particular thanks to Glasgow Life for supporting the event once again and to Nova International who organised the entries.
A great day was had by all. Picture shows some of the runners on the steps of Lodging House Mission before the race. More will be added to the GRAND Flickr account in due course.
The GCA P&E South Team are delighted that Abby Rodden is presenting the attached poster titled ‘Factors Influencing Effective Implementation of Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions (SBIs) with Young People: A Frontline Perspective’ at the Inebria Conference in Warsaw this week. The presentation poster focuses on identifying the mechanism by which Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions work, based upon the frontline experience of specialist voluntary sector staff from GCA P&E to further the evidence base on the effectiveness of Alcohol Screening and Brief Interventions with Young People in the UK.
The GCA P&E Team has been a key partner in developing and delivering SBIs locally working with a variety of partners including Health Improvement, Ultimate Soccer and Castlemilk Youth Complex.
Abby’s abstract was selected by Health Scotland to be presented at the conference and they are funding her place. This is a great achievement for Abby and the P&E Team of which we are very proud. Abby has been working closely with the P&E Team and Health Scotland to pull together her poster presentation.
This is a brilliant opportunity to demonstrate the skills and service that we provide at an international level.
We are looking forward to hearing how Abby is getting on and will feedback on the conference in due course.