Community alcohol project

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‘Drink wise stay wise - alcohol is everyone’s business’ is the message the Banchory Alcohol Project wants to get across to the local community.

An event is to be held in Banchory Town Hall at 7pm on Monday (March 19). It is open to everyone in Banchory and surrounding areas who would like to go along.

The Banchory Alcohol Project Group was formed to address attitudes to alcohol among young people, to temper extremes and binge drinking locally, to increase awareness of social, health and financial risks and to offer support to parents - all from a local perspective.

The Banchory Alcohol Project Group has lined up an interesting evening which they hope will provide some enlightening facts about alcohol use and its effects on the local community.

There will be interactive workshops and representatives from the GP surgery, local police, local publicans, licensees and the Aberdeenshire Drug and Alcohol Partnership will be participating.

Free gifts, as well as lots of useful information, will be available and refreshments and nibbles will be served.

The group has already completed the CUSP project, which involved young people and community groups focusing on the issue. A video montage of young people discussing alcohol issues and an exhibition of photographs and artistic displays were part of this and the project is now being successfully used by guidance teachers at Banchory Academy.

Councillor Jill Webster said: “We recognise this is a national issue but we have identified how alcohol affects our own community and local people here in Banchory and surrounding areas.

“We are no different from other communities but our police officers, GPs, publicans and licensees have some interesting information on how it affects us locally. I am sure people will find this enlightening and helpful and it may just help us all to think twice and be more aware of the issues around alcohol, particularly around young people. I am looking forward to a stimulating and interesting evening.”