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New app tackles sensible drinking

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Police Scotland - chair of Focus on Alcohol Angus, and Susan Wilson, general manager - Angus CHP  - chair of Angus Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, at the launch.

Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Police Scotland - chair of Focus on Alcohol Angus, and Susan Wilson, general manager - Angus CHP - chair of Angus Alcohol & Drugs Partnership, at the launch.

A new app has been developed to tackle alcohol misuse and encourage Angus people to enjoy sensible drinking.

Focus on Alcohol Angus launched its new app on Friday at the Canmore Room in Forfar.

At the launch were representatives from the Angus Licensing Forum, Police Scotland, Angus Council, NHS Tayside and Angus Pubwatch Scheme who were given a tour of the new app and revamped Focus on Alcohol Angus website.

The app gives interesting and useful information on alcohol consumption including facts about alcohol for adults and young people, alcohol units and calories, staying safe whilst drinking and advice for parents on how to talk to their children about alcohol and its effects.

Also in the app, and on the updated website, is a question and answer section where a trained alcohol advisor will answer questions and provide advice within 48 hours.

The app was launched by Chief Inspector Gordon Milne of Police Scotland, chair of Focus on Alcohol Angus, who said: “We see this website and app as a tool to promote culture change amongst the population of Angus.

“By using social media, we hope to engage with the people of Angus and encourage positive and sensible attitudes to alcohol consumption.

“I would ask people to look out for the Focus on Alcohol posters with the QR code to download the app and make use of this informative tool.”

Also attending the launch was Angus Council’s convener of Social Work & Health Councillor Glennis Middleton who said: “The council and its partners recognise the toll that alcohol misuse can take on individuals, families and communities. The Focus on Alcohol Angus campaign seeks to promote culture change amongst Angus people by encouraging positive and sensible attitudes to alcohol. To do this we must reach out into our communities in a number of ways, including utilising social media and the latest technologies and I am delighted that we are taking this innovative new approach.”

The app is available for mobile phones and tablets at Google Play and the Apple App Store.

Pictured at the launch are Chief Inspector Gordon Milne, Police Scotland - chair of Focus on Alcohol Angus, and Susan Wilson, general manager - Angus CHP - chair of Angus Alcohol & Drugs Partnership at the launch.

 

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