A GRANT of £193,000 has been awarded to a pioneering project in north Pembrokeshire which aims to look at alcohol use among the community.

It has come from the Big Lottery’s People and Places Fund for Wales and will be used to get a clearer picture of the role alcohol plays in the lives of people living in the Fishguard and Goodwick area.

The project involves Alcohol Concern working with local people to get a debate going about the benefits and the downsides of drinking, and to come up with local solutions to any problems identified.

Andrew Misel, director of Alcohol Concern Cymru said: “We’re aware of the problems alcohol can cause in people’s lives: from town centre disturbances, to damaging our health by simply overdoing it at home with a nice supermarket wine offer. This project aims to get us talking honestly about all these issues and get to grips with them.”

The Mayor of Fishguard and Goodwick, Cllr Richard Grosvenor, added: “We want to see the twin towns flourish with a buoyant local economy and good community spirit.

“This funding provides us with a real opportunity to get some great community initiatives off the ground and bring local people together and improve our quality of life.”

For details about the project contact Alcohol Concern Cymru on 029 2022 7646 or visit acwales@alcoholconcern.org.uk