Leeds launches DrinkCoach – the digital tool to help people tackle their alcohol use. Access a free online alcohol test and coaching sessions to help Leeds residents cut down.

Forward Leeds have partnered with DrinkCoach to commission a new digital platform with access to free online appointments to help residents cut down their drinking – launched in Alcohol Awareness Week (16-20 Nov).

DrinkCoach allows people to assess how risky their drinking is and receive personalised advice online. The website also directs residents towards the most appropriate local service including connecting via video call to a DrinkCoach alcohol specialist.

Many people enjoy alcohol responsibly; however it can also have a negative impact. The Department of Health estimate that 83% of people drinking above the recommended guidelines do not know they are putting their health at risk The DrinkCoach Alcohol Test is a quick and confidential way for people in Leeds to find out how risky their drinking is.

By answering 10 simple questions, the test taker receives advice and, where appropriate, information on local face-to-face support options such as Forward Leeds. Mark Holmes, Head of Innovation at DrinkCoach says that “unfortunately there is still a lot of stigma and shame experienced by drinkers that prevents them from accessing face to face support. DrinkCoach allows people to connect in a convenient, safe and confidential way and get the support they need”.

Forward Leeds and Leeds City Council have also committed to funding access to the online coaching service to connect residents via video call to a DrinkCoach. Sessions would normally cost £55 but under this new scheme the full amount will be covered. Sessions are confidential and convenient with daytime, evening and weekend appointments available. Leeds residents can have up to six free sessions with a DrinkCoach to help them reduce their drinking. Residents can take the DrinkCoach Alcohol Test to see if they qualify for the free sessions.

In addition anyone can use the DrinkCoach App. The DrinkCoach App is free to download and use and is available on iOS and Android. It is a great tool to help people track and change their drinking. The App contains loads of useful features such as unit, calorie and cost calculators, goal setting, location based reminders, hangover diary, summaries and share functions.

To take the two minute Alcohol Test visit https://drinkcoach.org.uk/leeds-alcohol-test to see if you qualify for the free sessions.