Issue 18 May 2020

Matters

Has Covid-19 changed your drinking pattern?

Alcohol posterAlcohol Change UK has commissioned new research from Opinium to find out whether people’s drinking habits have changed during the COVID-19 (coronavirus) lockdown. As you would expect, we aren't all responding in the same way, and changes in drinking habits are happening in two directions.

More than one in three of the 1,555 drinkers surveyed said they have either stopped drinking or reduced how often they drink, since the lockdown. However, around one in five drinkers (21%) said that they have been drinking more frequently since the lockdown. This suggests that around 8.6 million UK adults are drinking more frequently.

If you are concerned about your drinking, the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team offers a non-judgemental support service for anyone over 18 who wishes to reduce their alcohol intake. One to one sessions are offered on a weekly, fortnightly or monthly basis, depending on the needs of each individual, and all services can be provided digitally to ensure social distancing is followed.

To take back control and change your drink pattern call the Mid Sussex Wellbeing Team on 01444 477191 or email wellbeing@midsussex.gov.uk

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West Sussex County Council (WSCC) reopened Household Waste Recycling Sites (HWRS) across West Sussex on Monday 11th May.

Although the waste sites are open, WSCC is asking you to consider if your journey is absolutely essential before making the trip. 

From Monday 1st June, the range of items will be extended to include garden waste, general household waste, wood, cardboard, electrical items, bulky items, and furniture. The HWRS are currently unable to accept soil / hardcore, plasterboard, asbestos, tyres or textiles for the time being. ID will be required from all vehicles attending site

Vans and pickups will be permitted on the sites, but will need to display their WSCC permit to access the site. Trailers will continue to be rejected for the time being due to the operational changes made to sites.

Normal summer opening hours will be in operation. Once at the sites there will be certain measures in place for the safety of visitors and staff.

Please visit www.westsussexrecycles.org for more information on your local site.