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New alcohol support service launches for staff

A new programme has launched for colleagues across the North East and North Cumbria. The new alcohol support service is now available for all NENC ICB staff to access.

The introduction of DrinkCoach enables all staff to access a completely confidential and simple-to-use platform, and makes use of the DrinkCoach Two Minute Test to evaluate and help you better understand your drinking and the associated risks, as well as access further support where needed.

DrinkCoach users can track the units, cost and calories of their drinking; create personalised plans to better manage intake and receive signposting to local support services. Those who are identified as being at risk through the two-minute test will be able to access an online session with a DrinkCoach, and will be assisted with accessing suitable support. Amongst the support available is free access to a confidential 1:1 online coaching programme with qualified alcohol treatment specialists.

Sarah Hulse, Alcohol Strategic Manager for the NENC ICS, said: “We hope that by providing this service, colleagues can access the support they need at an early stage. The service is there for anyone working in health or social care who drinks alcohol, whether you’re simply looking to cut down or whether you are drinking at a level where you may need more support.

“We know that our region is disproportionately impacted by alcohol, which has been made worse by the pandemic, and many of our staff are at higher risk than they might realise.

“DrinkCoach provides a quick, easy and confidential platform for us all to increase our understanding of our drinking, make steps towards lower-risk intake, and access specialist support where it is needed.”

To begin your DrinkCoach journey, please take the two-minute alcohol test. Those with further queries about the service can contact Sarah directly via sarah.hulse1@nhs.net.

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