Charity working in Barnsley calls for better education on alcohol issues

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A charity working in Barnsley is renewing calls for better alcohol education and clearer information to help tackle problem drinking.

As part of Alcohol Awareness Week, which started on Monday, national recovery charity Swanswell is joining thousands of organisations across the country to raise awareness of the harms of alcohol.

The annual campaign, led by Alcohol Concern, gives people the opportunity to learn more about the health risks, social problems and stigma associated with problem alcohol use and how to tackle them appropriately.

Swanswell will be taking part in a number of awareness-raising events across the country, including Barnsley.

Debbie Bannigan, Swanswell’s chief executive, said: “Problem alcohol use costs thousands of lives every year and billions of pounds to deal with, yet it is something that is entirely preventable in the first place.

“Experience tells us that more investment in alcohol education and clearer information will go a long way to helping people.”