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Alcohol treatment in crisis

Services are in a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will end, posing additional risk to the areas of highest need.

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Changing trends in women’s drinking

Report from Institute of Alcohol Studies takes a detailed look at the way in which women’s alcohol consumption has changed over the years and the related harms.

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Alcohol and youth offending

Alcohol Concern highlights the issues for young drinkers in contact with the criminal justice system & points out the lack of available interventions in London.

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Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers

Excellent new guidance from Alcohol Concern and AVA on Domestic abuse and change resistant drinkers based on analysis of domestic homicide reviews.

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The way we drink now

This research highlights that, despite the fact that drinking has been linked to a number of health consequences, heavy drinking is still commonplace and is often seen as normal social behaviour.

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Best practice with treatment resistant drinkers

The core component of the model is an individualised care plan with team members (four nurses and an administrator who also does recovery work) delivering or co-ordinating whatever a service user needs. The account of the team’s work says there is no typical service but lists a range of working methods as described by a number of interviewees:

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Resistant drinkers can change

Above all the manual offers a fundamental positive message that change is possible. Research shows that these clients are not as unmotivated as they seem. At least 40% of higher risk and dependent drinking clients will try and change each year. The Blue Light project provides the tools for building on this.

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