NHS offers support to alcoholics

THE NHS has launched a new alcohol addiction help service and highlights the problems many people face this Christmas and New Year.

The ARCH community programme provides support for adults who find it difficult to address their alcohol problems because they cannot find the right group.

NHS North Somerset estimates there are 5,500 people dependent on alcohol in the region and a further 7,000 are drinking more than the recommended weekly amount. The limit is 50 units for men and 35 for women.

Director of public health, Becky Pollard, said the ARCH programme offers support to alcoholics and their family.

ARCH has six centres across North Somerset, including bases in Yatton, Nailsea, Clevedon and Portishead.