EIGHT thousand households across the district are being sent a booklet containing advice on making “healthy choices” about alcohol during lockdown.

Bradford Council is mailing out the 16-page booklet amid concerns that some people are turning to drink to help cope with stress and loneliness during the current crisis.

According to a recent survey by Alcohol Change UK, one in five drinkers have been drinking more frequently since the coronavirus lockdown began.

The booklet includes information on safe drinking limits and methods of reducing or controlling alcohol intake, such as keeping drink diaries and making reduction plans.

It also features information about where people can get help if they find they’re struggling to cut down without support.

The guide was developed by New Directions, Bradford’s drug and alcohol service – delivered through Project 6, Bridge and Change Grow Live, in partnership with Bradford Council’s public health team.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, the council’s executive member for healthy people and places, said: “We don’t want people to get into drinking habits that could develop into long-term problems. I would urge anyone who is trying to stay alcohol-free and struggling or is worried their drinking is increasing to contact New Directions on 01274 296023.”