Officers in North Ayrshire have been at the Kilwinning Campus of Ayrshire College in support of events held for Alcohol Awareness Week.

Alcohol Awareness Week aims to promote safer drinking habits and increase awareness of support services that are available in North Ayrshire.

A number of organisations supported the college events including the North Ayrshire Alcohol and Drug Partnership, Barnardo’s, Break the Silence and Scottish Families.

As part of the event PC Scott Murray, Safer Communities Officer in North Ayrshire, provided information to students about the dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption and how they can keep themselves safe when out socialising.

Students were also provided information on Police Scotland’s public consultation survey “Your View Counts” which gives them the opportunity to have their say on policing in their area.

Local Authority Liaison Sergeant, Tony Harkin, joined colleagues from the Alcohol and Drugs Partnership to speak with students on the Police Studies course to raise awareness of alcohol and drug misuse. This has recently been highlighted through the partnership’s “Funky Films” project where a group of North Ayrshire residents shared their recovery stories in a short film.

PC Scott Murray commented “Alcohol awareness week has helped highlight to students the potential dangers associated with excessive alcohol consumption and promote positive lifestyle choices.

“We would like to thank Ayrshire College for inviting us along to the events and the students who took the time to speak with us.”

For the latest advice on staying safe visit the Police Scotland website at:

http://www.scotland.police.uk/ke…/personal-safety/party-safe

To ensure ‘Your View Counts’ about policing in your area take a few minutes to complete our public consultation survey at:

www.scotland.police.uk/yourviewcounts