Dry January, What Next?

Now dry January is over, Arun District Council is supporting residents who may have found it harder than they expected to stop.

They Tweeted to say "If you didn't quite hit your targets & need some re-energizing, then speak to our Advisers who can support you no matter what time of year." 

They have provided advice on their website to seek help, where help is needed. 

On their website they say: "Drinking alcohol is a commonly accepted lifestyle choice but can have devastating impact on individuals and families if it gets out of control. 

"If you think your drinking is getting out of hand our Wellbeing Alcohol Reduction Adviser can help. They can give clear support to help you plan how to decrease your drinking to a safer level or even quit drinking if you wish. 

"Our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor is able to offer up to six, one-to-one sessions, with clients that are concerned about their drinking levels or where alcohol is becoming problematic in their lives. During the sessions we would assess current levels of drinking by using the Audit C screening tool to help identify what level of risk someone is drinking at and SADQ (Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire) which is a tool to signify if someone has a mild, moderate or severe dependance on alcohol. These tools are used to be able to identify what areas need to be focused on and set goals around reduction of drinking and reducing the risk of alcohol-related harm.

"Whilst working with a client specifically around their drinking we would be able to explore any other areas of support they feel would be of benefit and refer internally to other wellbeing services or partner organisations as and when appropriate."


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