A SERIES of videos has been produced telling the powerful stories of two council workers and the impact alcohol has had on them and their families.

It was put together as part of a recent alcohol awareness week to highlight the support available in Wiltshire for people struggling with alcohol.

In one Dave Payne, a health visitor for Wiltshire Council, explains how his drinking quickly spiralled out of control from a young age and the steps he took to turn his life around. Sarah Johnson, an outreach worker for rough sleepers, talks about her brother's struggles with alcohol and the devastating impact her family

An anonymous blog by another colleague who realised she was drinking too much also features on Wiltshire Council's website, which is hosting the videos.

Mr Payne said: “ I think it’s really important to get the message across as alcohol is something that can affect anyone – either the person drinking or the family or even the employer.”

Jerry Wickham, cabinet member for public health, public protection, and adult social care, said: “We’re sure people can relate to their experiences and we hope they can help them in some way.

“Alcohol has the potential to devastate lives, but we have excellent support in Wiltshire. I’d urge anyone who thinks they have a problem to get in touch with our friendly approachable colleagues and take that all-important first step.”

If people think they need support they should contact Turning Point on 0345 6036993, or Motiv8 on 0800 169 6136 if under 18.

People can also visit wellbeing.turning-point.co.uk/swindon-and-wiltshire/ or they can enrol with a Wiltshire Council health trainer.