P.A.U.S.E – Problematic Alcohol Use Project
We are working in partnership with Meadow Well Connected to offer support to individuals and families affected by or experiencing problematic alcohol use in North Tyneside
About problematic alcohol use
Problematic alcohol use can affect your concentration, speech, balance, vision, coordination, judgement, and overall health.
Exactly how it affects you depends on several factors:
- The amount you drink
- Your gender and age
- Your body size
- How quickly you drink
- Your mood
- The amount and type of food you have eaten
- Your past experiences with drinking
- Medications you are taking that may interact with alcohol
- Your overall health
Health effects of short-term heavy drinking
Drinking too much alcohol can cause:
- Slurred speech
- Reduced inhibition
- Loss of coordination skills
- Inability to think and judge clearly
- Inability to estimate distances
- Decreased reaction times Confusion or memory loss
- Negative mood states (depression)
- Vomiting and choking
- Irregular heartbeat
- Respiratory depression, coma, or death
Health effects of long-term problematic alcohol use
Over time, problematic use can lead to more serious health problems such as:
- Brain damage (dementia, difficulties with coordination, and motor control
- Increased risk of suicide
- Increased risk of high blood pressure
- Increased risk of stroke
- Increased risk of heart disease
- Liver damage
- Stomach ulcers
- Blood vessel disorders
- Impotency in men
- Menstrual irregularities in women
- Some types of cancer
- Long-term problematic alcohol use can also lead to professional, personal, financial, and legal problems, any of which can affect your health.
This service is delivered at Meadow Well Connected.
Our aims are:-
Support and advice around
- Alcohol misuse and its effects.
- Alcohol awareness, education and support towards a reduction plan.
- Management of debt/money issues.
- Referral to other agencies for specific support.
- Support with routes to work, through volunteering, training and other projects.