BORDERS MP John Lamont has praised the work of local addiction support group Al-Anon after meeting with some of their volunteers.

The Scottish Borders MP said he was “impressed” with the help they offer to people.

He encouraged anyone who needs some extra support this Christmas to reach out to the group or to other local counselling services.

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Scottish Borders MP, John Lamont, said: “I was really impressed with the work that Al-Anon does to help local people struggling with addiction.

“The volunteers do amazing work to help not only people suffering from alcoholism but their families too, which is great to see as sometimes the impact of alcohol dependency on loved ones is overlooked.

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“While Christmas can be a very joyous and happy time for many people, I know it can also be a difficult and lonely period for others.

"So please, if you are having a difficult time and need help, consider reaching out to Al-Anon or another local group who can give you some extra support.”