New support for Leeds people to cut drinking habits

A new service has been launched to help people in Leeds cut down on their drinking.

Tuesday, 17th November 2020, 4:44 pm
Nick Rank with the DrinkCoach app

With a downloadable app and a website full of information, DrinkCoach includes a test for people to take and get immediate feedback on their drinking habits.

There are free coaching sessions for those who feel they need extra support.

The service is launched as part of Alcohol Awareness Week by Forward Leeds, the city’s alcohol and drug service, partnered with online provider DrinkCoach.

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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.”

Most recent figures from the Alcohol Consumption in England Project show that between March and September 2020 the number of adults drinking to risky levels rose from 10.8 per cent to 18.1 per cent.

The DrinkCoach Alcohol Test is a quick and confidential way for people in Leeds to find out how harmful their drinking might be.

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.”

Sessions are confidential and convenient with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available.

For more information or to take the Alcohol Test visit https://drinkcoach.org.uk/leeds-alcohol-test