Alcohol services

  • 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). Individuals can also establish their AUDIT score by taking the DrinkCoach alcohol online test which includes Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors in the support available.

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 client's 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). Patients can also get their AUDIT score by taking the Alcohol Test on the DrinkCoach 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 not suitable for dependent drinkers.

  • Specialist alcohol support is provided by the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network (DAWN) 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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