Alcohol Advice Service Expects Rise

5 January 2011, 05:00

A service which helps people who have problems with alcohol is telling Heart they're expecting more people to ask them for help in the New Year.

NORCAS, which has centres across Suffolk and Norfolk, says because of worries about job cuts, and the recent VAT rise meaning more expensive petrol and food, people could turn to drink to try and block out their problems

Their Maggie Jones says there is help if you are struggling to cope:

"People are concerned about the New Year and what it might bring; they might turn to alcohol more as a kind of crutch to help them through that. That's not a sensible solution and can lead to further problems. They need to be aware of where they can go to get advice, information and help."