We know from talking to our members that some faith communities face real issues with the use of alcohol. However, these problems are often hidden, which can make it difficult both for individuals and for faith groups to address them. We also know that the reach into communities and the trusted status that faith groups can have mean that they are often ideally-placed to help address sensitive issues such as problems with alcohol.
In turn, this can make a real difference to health outcomes.
We wanted to gain a better picture both of the issues connected with alcohol that are affecting faith communities, and of the ways that faith communities have found to deal with such issues.
This document reports on our initial exploration of the area. We hope that it will spark a conversation about faith and alcohol that will continue, in turn highlighting the role that faith can play and creating opportunities for more people to receive the support that they need.