Alcohol services

Dry January 2022

The Dry January campaign, run by Alcohol Change UK, is the UKs one-month challenge to go alcohol free. Most people who do Dry January see a whole host of obvious benefits that make Dry January the perfect start to the New Year. Research shows that Dry January participants sleep better, lose weight, have better skin and save money. Those successfully completing the challenge often continue to drink less after the challenge has ended. People can sign up to Dry January on the Alcohol Change UK website.

During January, we would like to encourage people to have conversations around alcohol and risky drinking.

We hope that you will be able to support this by encouraging your patients/clients to consider their drinking habits by using the three question AUDIT-C scratchcard (copies can be obtained by emailing the West Sussex Health Promotion Resource Centre).

Alternatively, individuals can be signposted to DrinkCoach where they can establish their own (ten question) AUDIT score by taking the DrinkCoach alcohol online test. The support offered at the end of this test is tailored to West Sussex.

For GP surgeries, a successful approach used in the past wth Chanctonbury PCN, has been to send a text message (via MJOG) to all patients aged 18+ to encourage them to take the 2 minute online alcohol test. The result was a large increase of people from the local area taking the test and receiving online brief advice about reducing the risk of harm.

If this is an approach that you would like to consider, the approved wording for the text messages is as follows:

{Your local GP practice} (or name of the practice) is encouraging patients to take the DrinkCoach Alcohol Test.  It’s free, quick and confidential. For extra support you can book free, confidential, voice or video calls with your own personal Drink Coach. Find out more today on the DrinkCoach website.

If you’re not on the internet or prefer to use the phone, you can contact your local Alcohol Wellbeing Advisor on (insert phone number, listed below).

Adur & Worthing: 01903 221450
Arun: 01903 737862
Chichester: 01243 521041
Crawley: 01293 585317
Horsham: 01403 215111
Mid Sussex: 01444 477191

Local services in West Sussex

Depending on consumption levels, there are a range of alcohol services available in West Sussex. Individuals who are not dependent but are needing to cut down can access the following:

  • West Sussex Wellbeing Alcohol Service for risky drinkers

The Wellbeing Alcohol Service is aimed at those who wish to reduce their drinking in a friendly and supportive environment. The one-to-one sessions aim to reduce anxiety and the perceived stigma of alcohol reduction. Due to Covid-19, the service is currently operating by phone and online but, when guidance allows, face-to-face appointments will resume alongside virtual support. The services operates from Monday to Friday with daytime and evening appointments.

The Wellbeing Alcohol Service sits at the beginning of the alcohol treatment pathway. It is aimed at risky drinkers scoring 5-10 on the AUDIT-C scratch cards or scoring 8-19 on the full AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test).

Eligible individuals can receive up to six, 40 minute sessions with their own dedicated Alcohol Advisor. The intervention utilises the NICE approved Extended Brief Intervention framework and Motivational Interviewing approach.

The service is a free for anyone over the age of 18 who live or work in West Sussex but is not suitable for dependent drinkers

For referral to the service, direct clients to our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors page.

  • DrinkCoach

DrinkCoach is an online coaching service that is available for free to people (aged 18+) who live or work in West Sussex.

The service is aimed at risky drinkers scoring 5-10 on the AUDIT-C scratchcards or 8-19 on the full AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test  - see guidance on UK Government website

Eligible patients can receive up to six 40 minute sessions with their own dedicated alcohol specialist. The intervention utilises the NICE approved Extended Brief Intervention framework and Motivational Interviewing approach.

DrinkCoach is professional, convenient and confidential, operating 7 days a week with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. Patients will need access to a Skype connection.

Referral is simple:

      1. Direct the patient to the DrinkCoach website.
      2. The patient selects their appointment from an online booking calendar.
      3. The pateint enters the promo code WSUSSEX to remove the full cost of the session.

This service is free to anyone (18+) who lives in West Sussex, but is not suitable for dependent drinkers.

  • Self-help

The Help and support page in our Alcohol section provides options for those wanting to take steps to help themselves.

Dependent drinkers

For dependent drinkers, specialist alcohol support is provided by the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network (DAWN), led by Change, Grow, Live (CGL).  The service is available to people of any age, who are looking to reduce or stop their drinking.

Young people aged 24 and under can contact the service via:
Call: 0330 128 1113
Email Change, Grow, Live
Online referral form (new window)

Adults aged 25 and over can contact the service via:
Call: 0330 128 1113
Email Change, Grow, Live
Online referral form (new window)

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