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Recovering addicts go 'cold turkey' at The Brink for Christmas

24 December 2012

Recovering addicts go ‘cold turkey’ at
The Brink for Christmas

This Christmas Day, charity Action on Addiction will host a festive lunch for members of the recovery community at its Liverpool dry bar, The Brink.
Recovering addicts and people who would otherwise be spending Christmas Day alone will have the opportunity to join around fifty other guests for an alcohol-free festive feast. The centre piece of the lunch is a home-grown farm-reared turkey donated to The Brink by Cheshire farmer and National Farmers’ Union representative John Gate.
The Brink is a revolutionary social venture which, since its opening in September 2011, has become a thriving community hub for people in recovery. The venue works closely with Action on Addiction’s SHARP Liverpool treatment centre and offers a supportive social environment for recovering addicts, as well as a relaxing alternative space for members of the public. The enterprise also helps to provide those in recovery with an opportunity to re-enter the workforce, with many of the bar and restaurant staff having themselves experienced problems with alcohol or drugs in the past.
This Christmas, The Brink will welcome people with no family of their own as well as recovering addicts who require support to stay clean and sober during this difficult time. They will enjoy a freshly-cooked, free-of-charge Christmas lunch in the company of other members of the recovery community – for some, this will be the first sober Christmas they have spent in years.
Damien Kelly, The Brink’s Community Engagement Worker, commented: “Christmas can be a particularly difficult time for those who find themselves alone, those missing family around them and people in the early stages of recovery from addiction. We hope what we are doing will provide a little support and comfort during this reflective and emotional time. We would like to thank John Gate and the National Farmers’ Union for donating the turkey, and everybody who has been involved in supporting us to make this happen”.
Cheshire farmer John Gate added, “It’s been a difficult year for many and this is just one simple gesture my family and I can make at Christmas to give some support to those in our North West communities who are struggling at this time. It’s my pleasure to support The Brink in this initiative and to give an opportunity this festive season for people to enjoy the local, home-grown food that we British farmers are so proud to produce.”
For further information please contact:
Sarah Savage at Four Colman Getty on:
020 3023 9092 / 07910 706 786
or Amanda Thomson at Action on Addiction on:
0207 793 1011
Notes to Editors:
About The Brink
The Brink is a revolutionary social venture which opened in September 2011. The Brink is the UK’s first dry bar and restaurant, serving locally-sourced fresh food, an imaginative array of non-alcoholic drinks and hosting events to showcase the talent of local artists, musicians and performers – creating a thriving social hub where people from all backgrounds and walks of life can socialise and relax.
The bar is staffed by people who have had problems with alcohol in the past, providing those in recovery with an opportunity to re-enter the workforce.
As a social enterprise, all profits go directly back into the community to support the recovery of those who have suffered as a result of alcoholism and addiction.
The Brink was visited by Action on Addiction’s patron, the Duchess of Cambridge, on 14 February 2012.
About SHARP Liverpool
SHARP (Self-Help Addiction Recovery Programme) in Liverpool is a recovery centre for drug and alcohol addiction, offering a structured day treatment programme over 11 weeks.
About Action on Addiction
Action on Addiction is the only UK charity working across the addiction field in research, prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, professional workforce development, professional education and support for families and children.
One in three people suffer from an addiction. It breaks up families, damages communities and destroys lives. In some way it touches us all. Action on Addition believes that it is important to take an integrated and dynamic approach to improving the understanding of addiction and people’s responses to it.
Action on Addiction has treatment centres throughout England as well as a specialist family support service (Families Plus) and an expert training centre for the treatment of addiction. They fund important and innovative research into addiction, working closely with the National Addiction Centre (part of the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London) and the Mental Health Research and Development Unit at the University of Bath.
Action on Addiction has been helping people with addiction problems for over 25 years. In January 2012 HRH The Duchess of Cambridge became patron of Action on Addiction.
For more information on Action on Addiction, visit the website:
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About The National Farmers’ Union
The National Farmers’ Union (NFU) champions British farming and provides professional representation and services to its farmer and horticultural grower members. It is the largest farming organisation in the UK, providing a strong, respected and independent voice for the industry.
For more information on UK turkeys, farmer case studies or interviews, please contact NFU Adviser, Aarun Naik, on 01695 554 900.
Please visit for more information on how farming delivers at Christmas.

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