I received this encouraging email from Baroness Newlove today, and with support like this, we will fight on with our aims to liberate women from the strangle hold of alcohol addiction.
I am very grateful to you for sharing your personal experiences and for your candidness on this difficult subject matter. It is not easy to write about personal matters, but I am greatly inspired by people like you, who have overcome and used their experiences of addiction, to make a positive and long lasting difference to other peoples’ lives.
I too am deeply concerned about the impact alcohol abuse has on women and their families. As I said in my recent report, Building Safe, Active Communities, I want children and parents to understand the terrible, long-term damage to health from alcohol abuse. This, I believe, can be achieved through education and I want to see far more joined up and effective working by agencies to tackle this together.
The work that you and others do to support those with alcohol problems is vitally important. Your message is a very personal and important one and as such, I will bear this in mind as I continue with my work.
Thank you for writing and please take care of yourself.