THE UK’s first and Liverpool’s only dry bar The Brink is celebrating its positive impact on the city over the past four years ahead of Alcohol Awareness Week (16-22 November). As Action on Addiction’s flagship venue, the revolutionary social initiative located on Parr Street is leading the way in promoting awareness by combining fresh healthy food and entertainment, whilst acting as a haven for those affected by alcoholism and addiction. Alongside its inventive menu and 130 smoothies, juices and mocktail variations, the award-winning café bar also offers innovative activities and events for the recovery community, together with those who want a night off from alcohol. General Manager of The Brink Carl Bell said: “Here at The Brink we understand that both those in recovery and their friends and families are affected by alcoholism and addiction. With that in mind we aim to create an all-inclusive space that can offer support to whoever might need it. Ahead of such an important week, we think it is essential to highlight the significance of seeking out and making use of the support networks that are available. “In addition to helping the recovery community we have witnessed a rise in custom from people wanting to cut back on alcohol and lead a generally healthier lifestyle, which is why we have adapted our menus accordingly. Likewise we regularly host a range of events such as tea workshops, paleo food nights and open mic gigs. Having attended local Freshers’ fairs, students in particular seem to be tired of constant booze filled nights and much prefer to relax with their friends in quirky surroundings.” Established by Alcohol Concern, this year’s Alcohol Awareness Week focuses on the theme surrounding ‘The Impact of Alcohol on Society’. In addition to raising attention of the widespread issue, Alcohol Awareness Week also aims to encourage people to sign up to Dry January. Carl added: “Not only do we provide constructive activities for all, we also enable job opportunities for those who have successfully overcome drug and alcohol addictions to help them reintegrate into society. “Having been crowned Bar of the Year at the Liverpool City Region Tourism Awards 2015, and invited to represent the region nationally in the forthcoming VisitEngland awards, it goes to show that people can still have a fantastic time without alcohol. It’s certainly rewarding to have created a space in which we can truly unite the city for an excellent cause. We look forward to continuing to extend our arm of support throughout Alcohol Awareness Week and beyond.” For more information visit www.thebrinkliverpool.com or call 0151 703 0582.