We are committed to help you reduce the harms to yourself and those around you.
How much is too much?
After drinking, do you ever wake up the following morning unable to remember what has happened the night before, or in the dog-house with no-one speaking to you? Most people drink with the aim of unwinding or having positive, fun times and never intend to experience any of the down sides. When drinking starts to have negative impacts; is it time to do something different? Drinking in excess can impact on your relationships, your employment and your health, it could even prevent you from doing what you want to do, or result in you getting into trouble. If you would like to complete a short online drink questionnaire which asks you questions about how often and how much you drink try this online tracker.
The government advises that people should not regularly drink more than the lower risk guidelines of 2-3 units of alcohol for both men and women (equivalent to a pint of 4% beer or 175 ml glass of wine).
Regularly means drinking every day or most days of the week.
Stick to these guidelines and you are what the government defines as a lower risk drinker. The same guidelines state that regularly drinking over them puts you at an increasing risk of developing health problems, and if the amount you’re drinking is usually double or more than the guidelines you are putting yourself at a higher risk of developing health problems.
If you think your drinking puts you into the increasing risk or higher risk categories, it could be time to re-think your relationship with alcohol.
Making some small simple steps around your alcohol use and taking some time to think around your drinking can help.
Take the step and refer yourself today. There are lots of useful resources on the internet which can help you to learn more about alcohol, find useful tips to control or reduce your drinking and also tools to help track what you are drinking. All of this insight is helpful when you come to Visions for help. See the links to some resources towards the bottom of the page.
We have a range of bespoke interventions aimed at reducing harm. We focus on reducing the risks and adverse health consequences associated with alcohol use. Strategies and activities for reducing harm vary according to the level of dependence. It’s important to acknowledge that we can never remove all risks completely which is why we say it will reduce or minimise harm. The only way to remove all harm fully is by not drinking. Some of these options are listed below, but please note this is not an exhaustive list.
- Peer involvement and education
- Overdose prevention and harm reduction information and literature
- Bespoke behaviour change workbooks
- Comprehensive structured programme
- Links and sign posting to mutual aid
- Digital/online programmes SilverCloud and Breaking Free Online.
- Liver function test
- Blood borne virus screening and enhanced pathways for testing, treatment and support
- Bespoke physical health assessment including Health MOT clinics
- Prescribing therapies
- Referral and support to inpatient detoxification and rehabilitation
- Liaison with other professionals such as GPs and sexual health clinic
This is a form designed to look at your alcohol use and can be downloaded by clicking here or you can complete the online version of it by using this link.
MyDrink Aware, this is a specialist charity for raising awareness of alcohol misuse. Making some small simple steps around your alcohol use and thinking around your drinking can help so use this link to find out more.
Drink Aware also has a new app that can be used on smartphones and downloaded – this is a really good way of monitoring not only how many units you are drinking but the calories too!
Inclusion Visions work in close partnership with Thurrock Council, Police, Probation, NOMS, Social Care Teams, Pharmacies, GP’s and other providers to reduce the harmful affects of alcohol.