Miscellaneous collection of resources and links recommended by various mentors and lecturers in recent terms.
All links accessed:— Tuesday 12 June 2018 (see note below)
- The Alcohol Academy. Supported by Alcohol Research UK, The Alcohol Academy (formerley the AERC Alcohol Academy) aims to promote effective alcohol harm reduction by working with and supporting local alcohol roles and commissioners
- Alcohol IBA Blog — (published by The Alcohol Academy)
"IBA should be initiated by front line health and social care roles wherever they have a good opportunity, and NOT based on a suspicion of heavy drinking. It is a prevention not a treatment approach to helping at-risk drinkers make an informed choice about their drinking."
- Alcohol Research UK — formerly, Alcohol Education and Research Council (AERC)
- Drink Aware — charity supported by the drinks industry and major UK supermarkets. Provides "evidence-based information about alcohol and work[s] with the medical community, third sector organisations, government and the drinks industry".
- Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) tools at Public Health England (formerly Alcohol Learning Centre)
- Identification and Brief Advice for Sensible Drinking (SIPS) at Public Health England (formerly Alcohol Learning Centre)
- Institute of Alcohol Studies (IAS) — Independent voice on alcohol policy not dependent on Government or the alcohol industry for funding. Advocates for the use of scientific evidence in policy-making to reduce alcohol-related harm.
- Public Health England (PHE) Alcohol Learning Resources (formerly the Alcohol Learning Centre).
- Map of Medicine. Better decision making, better care. Map of Medicine supports the optimisation of care by providing access to comprehensive, evidence-based guidance, and clinical decision support at the point of care. Map of Medicine care pathways offer the opportunity to improve the way commissioning of health care is planned and delivered locally. Map of Medicine was initially developed with the support of University College London and the Royal Free Hampstead NHS Trust. Now owned by the Hearst Corporation.
- Alcohol — Problem Drinking. National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE): Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS).
- Alcohol: Management in Primary Care. Free online course (for healthcare professionals) covering the physical and mental health problems associated with problem drinking. The course describes the different ways of helping people to cut down their drinking and important aspects of care during and after detoxification, through the use of reflective case studies. (Royal College of General Practitioners).
- Alcohol Concern is the leading national charity working on alcohol issues. Our goal is to improve people’s lives through reducing the harm caused by alcohol. We have an ambitious long-term aim to change the drinking culture in this country.
- Alcohol and Mental Health. Mental Health Foundation booklet that considers how we sometimes use alcohol to cope with difficult feelings. It suggests alternative coping strategies rather than alcohol and signposts services that support people who want to cut down their alcohol intake.
- Alcohol and brain damage in adults: With reference to high–risk groups. College report CR185. London: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
This report is only available online — there are no printed copies available to buy. View and download a PDF file of the report via: Royal College of Psychiatrists.
[Accessed: Tuesday 12 June 2018]
Reduce drinking resources
- Change Drinking offers users personalised feedback based on their alcohol consumption. The personalised feedback is designed to help users think about their drinking. (Developed by University of Leeds and Leeds Addiction Unit).
- NHS Choices: Drinking and alcohol
- Don't Bottle It Up! allows people to complete the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), work out what level of risk they are at as a result of their drinking, access personalised advice online and, where appropriate, find out where to get face-to-face support locally. (Produced by HAGA — Haringey Advisory Group on Alcohol).
- Drinks Meter is a web application (also available for iOS/Android) that aims to give people personally relevant, objective information about their drinking in order to help them make informed choices. (Developed with Dr Adam R Winstock, Honorary Consultant Addictions Psychiatrist at Maudsley Hospital and Lewisham Drug and Alcohol Service).
- Down Your Drink is an online tool designed to give people the information they need to make careful choices about the role alcohol plays in their life. Written by Stuart Linke and Jim McCambridge (and overseen by Professor Paul Wallace) at University College London. Supported by National Prevention Research Initiative (Medical Research Council).
- Leeds Mental Health Recovery Service. “Supporting people to stay in control and live their life the way they choose”. (Leeds City Council).
- Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
- Northpoint Wellbeing. Local registered charity founded in 1996 (formerly Leeds Counselling).
- Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust Patient Information. Self Help Leaflets. Many CBT self-help resources including one for alcohol. (Various — Includes video introductions, A4, A5, large print and M/F audio versions). (Also available as iOS/Android app).
- MIND . The mental health charity. Free downloads of self-help information and lots of publications to buy. Information on local groups.
- Rethink Mental Illness. Registered charity with over 200 mental health services and 150 support groups across England.
- Samaritans. “People talk to us anytime they like, in their own way, and off the record — about whatever’s getting to them. You don't have to be suicidal”.
- Mental health information for all. Readable, user–friendly and evidence–based information on various mental health problems, treatments and other topics, regularly updated by psychiatric experts. (Royal College of Psychiatrists)
- Hearing Voices Network. For people who hear voices, see visions or have other unusual perceptions. Check for local meetings.
- Mental Health Foundation. Registered charity “committed to reducing the suffering caused by mental ill health and to help everyone lead mentally healthier lives”.
- Society Guardian. Mental Health. (Specialist health and social care pages from Guardian News and Media Limited).
- MINT — the home of the Motivational Interviewing Network of Trainers
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