The Tower Hamlets Drug and Alcohol Action Team (DAAT) have commissioned an alcohol online tool called Don’t Bottle it Up (DBIU) which allows residents to assess how risky their drinking is through a free and confidential test.
Don’t Bottle It Up (DBIU) is a web portal which allows those residents who consume alcohol to assess how risky their drinking is, access free personalised advice online and be signposted to telephone and /or face-to-face support in their local area if needed.
Although a significant proportion of residents in Tower Hamlets don’t drink at all (48%), those who do, have higher levels of alcohol-related problems than the London average and the rest of England.
Mayor John Biggs said: “Don’t Bottle It Up is a simple way to become more aware of how much you are drinking as well as raising awareness of potential health risks. We have fantastic services locally that anyone can access, if in need of extra support.”
DBIU aims to increase the number of people accessing services, and ultimately having healthier relationships with alcohol. The Chief Medical Officer (CMO) guidelines advise that adults should drink no more than 14 units of alcohol a week. Around 1 in 5 adults in Tower Hamlets drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week.
Cllr Denise Jones, lead for adults, health and social care said: “The majority of adults drinking above the recommended guidelines do not have an ‘alcohol problem’, but are at risk of developing health problems or a future dependency.
“These ‘at risk’ drinkers may benefit from simple brief advice which highlights the risks of drinking at that level and the benefits of cutting down. DBIU allows people to assess their own drinking in a safe environment and to access interventions and services over the internet.”
There are thought to be around 3,400 dependent drinkers in Tower Hamlets, with approximately 82% of them not accessing treatment. Many of them are unable to visit traditional services, or are unwilling to because of perceived stigma.
Those residents concerned about their levels of drinking, or of a family member’s can contact Reset.
Reset service users have provided some feedback after their treatment:
“I didn’t really understand the alcohol units or that my drinking was at a level which might cause me problems with my health in the future. Speaking to the alcohol worker opened my eyes and it was useful to discuss ways I could cut down. It will save me money too!”
Client Accessing Reset Treatment Satellite at GP Surgery
“I wanted to drop you an e-mail just to say how helpful and amazing AT (care coordinator) has been for me over the last 8 months at Blithehale Health Centre. His support and advice and manner have been amazing, and I am now celebrating 8 months of being sober, have quit drugs and drinking, and feel better than ever. AT (care coordinator) has been invaluable along this process and I would not have been able to do it without him.”
Posted on Thursday 9th August 2018