A new service that tackles harmful and hazardous drinking in Glasgow was today officially launched by Public Health Minister, Michael Matheson.
The service, provided by Addaction in partnership with NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde, aims to make the community a safer and healthier place.
The Alcohol Behaviour Change Service (ABC) offers a free and confidential service to people over 18 years old.
What makes this service unique is that it aims to tackle problem drinking in its early stages. It is for people who are starting to experience problems due to harmful levels of drinking, such as women who are regularly exceeding 2-3 units per day and men 3-4 units per day.
Making use of the specialist knowledge and training of its staff, ABC will offer a range of interventions to support individuals
As well as receiving GP referrals, it is a direct-access service available to all members of the community via a freephone number
The service is flexible and offers appointments in local health and community centres as wells as telephone advice and support.
Michael Matheson, Public health Minister said at the official opening: “We have seen excellent progress of the national Alcohol Brief Interventions (ABI) programme across Scotland, helping people to cut down on the amount of alcohol they drink to safer levels.
“Services like Addaction in Glasgow are making a real difference by getting more people into treatment for alcohol related problems, reducing consumption and preventing more serious health problems from developing.”
Julie Breslin, Service Manager, Addaction, said: “Addaction is delighted to be part of a partnership approach with NHSGGC to tackle problem drinking in the city and through this hopefully challenge Glasgow’s reputation as having the worst alcohol related problems in Europe.”
John Goldie, Head of Addictions, NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde added: “We are only too aware of Scotland and particularly Glasgow's complex relationship with alcohol and the consequences to individual families and the wider city.
“I'm excited by the opportunities this approach taken by NHSGGC and our partner ADDACTION can have to make real changes to individuals behaviours towards alcohol and how this approach can lead to a real reduction in health consequences for individuals"
Notes to Editors
Addaction provides an alcohol brief interventions service across Glasgow City in conjunction on behalf of NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde.
For further information contact the Addaction press office on 020 7017 2747 or 07818587696 out of office hours.
PIC: John Goldie, Head of Addictions, NHSGGC, Julie Breslin, Service Manager, Addaction, Michael Matheson, Public Health Minister and Andrew Horne, Director of Operations, Addaction, at launch event.