Othona is a diverse community where everyone who lives and works, or comes as a visitor is valued, included and made to feel at home. A fundamental part of our overall ethos is to be considerate of ourselves and others, and to recognise the impact of our behaviour on the wellbeing of other people.
For these reasons Othona uses alcohol in a context of celebration, not as a part of everyday living. Those who do not use alcohol for whatever reason, need to feel that their choice is valued and respected. We do discourage the use of spirits at all times, since they are particularly problematic for many non-drinkers, and we ask for your support in this. These are our guidelines:
- Alcohol is used in community activities only at the discretion of the Warden and in the context of a celebration.
- When alcohol is being used in the Community non-alcoholic drinks of a suitably celebratory nature (i.e. not just tea, coffee, squash etc.) should always be available for those for whom alcohol is not appropriate. This applies to the Eucharist as well as social occasions.
- Adequate notice will be given before alcohol is served.
- Alcohol should only be available in moderate quantities.