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With limited alcohol-detox interventions available during the COVID-19 lockdown, Bristol ROADS partners BDP and AWP have been working together to produce a Polish language guide to support members of Bristol’s Polish communities around the gradual self-reduction of alcohol at home.
Withdrawal from alcohol should never be underestimated, as it can become a serious medical situation with potentially fatal consequences. The new guide will be used by healthcare professionals to support people with alcohol-dependency to understand the risks and learn how to gradually self-reduce the amount they are drinking at home by following medical advice.
The new guide also provides practical well-being advice around managing sleep, stress and anxiety, as well as the importance of hydration, multi-vitamins and minerals during an alcohol self-reduction.
The guide has already been welcomed by Southmead Hospital and has been shared with Polish community outreach workers at St Mungo’s and SARI and across the Bristol ROADS and Homelessness Pathways networks.
BDP’s Diverse Communities worker Nicky Auguste, understands the importance of making service is Bristol more accessible to Polish and Eastern European communities. Next Tuesday, Nicky will be hosting a Polish Professionals training event around the harms of alcohol.
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