OLDER adults across the borough are being urged to open up to a doctor or friend if they have problems with alcohol.

Alcohol is the most used substance amongst older adults, but many people with problem habits don't reach out for help due to a stigma around the issue.

Council bosses want to encourage people to help break the stigma, to help open up about the problem.

A spokesperson for Barnsley Council said: “The stigmatisation of alcohol among older adults can lead to issues with alcohol being hidden until crisis point is reached.

“It prevents access to support, particularly for older people, who worry about stigma and ageism when admitting to having a problem with alcohol.

“If you need help, you can talk to a specialist alcohol agency like Barnsley Recovery Steps or Drink Coach.”

To contact Barnsley Recovery Steps, click here.

For Drink Coach, click here.