Move The Booze Back

Move The Booze Back

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Unmasked Mental Health started this petition to UK Parliament

What's the first thing you see at the front of a supermarket or at the checkout?

Cheap Booze. 

More and more supermarkets are filling the front of their stores with cheap alcohol offers. Studies show that there is a strong link between substance abuse and suicidal thoughts - WE AT UNMASKED MENTAL HEALTH WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY THAT ALCOHOL IS DISPLAYED  

Alcohol can make people lose their inhibitions and behave impulsively, so it can lead to actions they might not otherwise have taken – including self-harm and suicide.

In today’s world, most people have been or personally know someone who has been affected by the suicide of someone close to them. Suicide rates have regularly climbed over time. While there is rarely one reason behind a person’s choice to take there own life, there is one thing that is indisputable. Alcohol has been found in relation to nearly one-third of suicides – a significantly larger concentration than there are people who suffer from alcoholism in the general population.

Alcohol And Suicide Are A Tragic Combination, But Help Is Out There. It is impossible to narrow down to a single reason that people come to commit suicide. The abuse of alcohol, however, is often a first step down the road. It is a sad fact, but the reality is that many people out there are using alcohol as self-medication. Whether they suffer from anxiety, some kind of mood or personality disorder, or are trying to cope with a trauma, many people turn to alcohol to forget their problems. The chronic use of this substance, however, can mean that someone builds a tolerance, dependence, and eventually an addiction.

According to the NHS in Scotland, more than half of people who ended up in hospital because they’d deliberately injured themselves said they’ve drunk alcohol immediately before or while doing it.  27% of men and 19% of women gave alcohol as the reason for self-harming

We all know what it's like when you go into the supermarkets and see cheap offers such as BOGOF at the front of the store or checkouts. "Ooh well, seen as its there ill just take one," and in the trolly, it goes. We want to reduce the impulse buy and take away the temptation.

The risk of suicide is as much as 8 times greater when someone is abusing alcohol (Samatains 2014)

Depression can worsen if someone is binge drinking or regularly drinking heavily. What’s more, research shows drinking can actually cause depression.

Drinking and depression can become a vicious circle, where you drink to numb your problems. People then feel more depressed afterwards as the alcohol leaves the brain, this leaves you wanting another drink. As alcohol slows down your brain, you may not spot solutions to your problems as easily as you would if you were sober.

Our brains rely on a delicate balance of chemicals and processes. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it can disrupt that balance, affecting our thoughts, feelings and actions – and sometimes our long-term mental health. This is partly down to ‘neuro-transmitting’, chemicals that help to transmit signals from one nerve (or neuron) in the brain to another.

We want to take action and put the alcohol back to its respective aisle. We're not saying don't have the offers, or don't have a drink we are simply saying keep it in the aisle. If somebody wants to buy alcohol they will automatically go the alcohol aisle and get what they need. 

By removing Alcohol from the front of the stores or checkouts this eliminates the impulse purcahses for of those individuals who may ordernerally avoid the alcohol aisle

Here is just a selection of the comments we have gathered from an ongoing survey of alcohol depression and suicide being carried out by Unmasked mental Health. 

"I always purchase alcohol when it is on offer at the front of a store regardless of if I went to purchase it or not. Unfortunately I then always drink it"

"I struggle with anxiety and depression but never really misused alcohol. I do find it odd though and always point it out at the checkout, that I can only buy one packet of paracetamol (to stop people overdosing) but yet am able to spend whatever I want on alcohol without question"

"I probably wouldn't buy as much alcohol if it wasn't at the front of the store"

"Alcohol is a very dangerous drug, but is freely available as it heavily taxed, and a large income generator for the government"

"My ex partner had/has drink issues, this together with mental health issues he refused to address led to attempted suicide and the end of our relationship and his bankruptcy. Alcohol caused me to lose so much - I now don't drink at all"

"My brother has mental health issues and drinks stella every day, I have a feeling this is not going to end well as he wont go for help and the Drs say he has to go for help... vicious circle".

We need your help to resent figures show 800,000 worldwide people take their own life by suicide. Organisations across the UK are working together to reduce this number by 10% before 2020. 

To get this problem discussed in parliament we need 100,000 signatures on this petition, Let's work together and help lower the suicide rates across the UK. 

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