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Think about drink – Don’t Bottle It Up!

The majority of adults enjoy an alcoholic drink without causing any harm or trouble to those around them, but there is a significant minority who do not. More alcohol is now consumed in the home than out in pubs and bars and this often results in heavier drinking and more adverse consequences.


Alcohol misuse, or problem drinking, occurs when a person drinks above the recommended guidelines. These guidelines state that every person should aim for at least 2 alcohol free days per week and men should not drink more than 3-4 units of alcohol, and women should not drink more than 2-3 units of alcohol per day. Pregnant women, or women trying for a baby, should avoid alcohol altogether but if they do opt to have a drink, they should drink no more than 1-2 units once or twice a week to minimise the risk to the baby.


The Don’t Bottle It Up website www.dontbottleitup.org.uk can help work out what level of risk someone is at as a result of their drinking. It also provides personalised advice online and information about local services and a range of matters from binge drinking to hangovers, to unit calculators and the wide ranging effects alcohol has upon health. The online alcohol test is confidential and only takes 2 minutes to complete.

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P2R: Path to Recovery

A new Drug and Alcohol treatment service: Path to Recovery (P2R) opened on 1 September 2015. P2R is a one stop service which provides advice, treatment and support to people in Bedford Borough and Central Bedfordshire whose lives are affected by alcohol or drug, including prescribed and over the counter medications. The team provide an integrated service with a range of expertise available in one place.


The service operates from bases in Bedford, Dunstable and Leighton Buzzard and aims to support individuals to make the life changes that they want to make. It is a one-stop service irrespective of the type of substance(s) used by the individual. A new simplified treatment system will be easily accessible and will be offering a comprehensive menu of evidenced-based treatment interventions with specialisms such as Clinical Psychology input. The underpinning adage of the service is: We will not judge you. We will treat you with respect. We will support you to make the life changes that you want to make.


P2R is open Monday to Friday from 9.00am-5.30pm with a later opening time on Tuesday till 8.00pm in Dunstable and Thursday till 8.00pm in Bedford. No appointment is necessary, people can just walk in to the service that is most convenient to them.

P2R Bedford is located at 21 The Crescent, Bedford, MK40 3RT. Call: 01234 352220

P2R Dunstable is located at 67 High Street North, Dunstable Bedfordshire, LU6 1JF. Call: 01582 501780

P2R Leighton Buzzard is located at 8 Kilgour Court, Leighton Buzzard, LU7 1AT. Call 01525 852811


For more information about P2R visit: http://www.elft.nhs.uk/service/299/Path-to-Recovery-P2R-Drug-and-Alcohol-Service-for-Bedford-Borough

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