Forward Leeds has partnered with online provider DrinkCoach to help people in Leeds cut down on their drinking
Launching in Alcohol Awareness Week, DrinkCoach has a downloadable app and a website full of useful information. It also includes a test people can take to get immediate feedback on their drinking habits. There are also free coaching sessions for those who feel they would like extra support.
Forward Leeds Area Manager Nick Rank said: “DrinkCoach allows people to assess how risky their drinking is and if needed receive personalised online support from a specialist. DrinkCoach will allow a lot more people in Leeds to get support in their own homes.”
The most recent figures from the Alcohol Consumption in England Project show that between March 2020 and September 2020 the number of adults drinking to risky levels has risen from 10.8% to 18.1%.
The DrinkCoach Alcohol Test is a quick and confidential way for people in Leeds to find out how harmful their drinking might be. By answering 10 simple questions, the test taker receives advice and, if appropriate, information on their options for support.
Mark Holmes, Head of Innovation at DrinkCoach said: “Unfortunately there is still a lot of stigma in asking for help or accessing face-to-face support. With lockdown that’s made it even tougher. DrinkCoach allows people to connect in a convenient, safe and confidential way and get the support they need.”
Forward Leeds have committed to funding access to the online coaching service to connect residents via video call to a DrinkCoach specialist worker. Sessions are confidential and convenient with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.
Residents can have up to six free sessions with a DrinkCoach to help them reduce their drinking. Residents can take the DrinkCoach Alcohol Test to see if they qualify for the free sessions.
For more information or to take the Alcohol Test visit https://drinkcoach.org.uk/leeds-alcohol-test