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Don't Bottle It Up

Drinking habits put to the test by new alcohol self help website ‘Don't Bottle It Up’

 

A new two-minute online test and self-help website has been launched today (Monday 9 February) which can identify the early signs of harmful drinking and increased risk levels. 

The DontBottleItUp.org.uk website can provide non-judgmental advice and support for individuals to help reduce their alcohol consumption as well as signposting to local alcohol support services, if required.

The test contains ten multiple choice questions on the amount and frequency of alcohol consumption, drinking behaviour and alcohol-related problems and, once completed, the Don’tBottleItUp website can connect people to specialist alcohol services in their area.

Designed to appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds, but especially to individuals who may not be aware of how much they are drinking or the consequences of this behaviour, the website also offers guidance at the click of a button, such as: 

•             Tips for cutting down
•             Help and support
•             How to help someone else
•             Treatment for alcohol use
•             Giving up drinking
•             Key facts about alcohol

Cllr Carole Hegley, Central Bedfordshire’s Executive Member for Social Care, Health and Housing, said: “This website is a fantastic tool that will help us prevent and treat potentially harmful alcohol-related issues. In some cases, people are drinking to increased risk levels without realising they are doing so or the harm that it can cause. This website will encourage people to make healthier changes in the long and short term.

"The online test means people can take a positive step by logging on at their desks, on a mobile device or in the comfort of their own homes and then make informed decisions of what to do next based on the personalised results. If necessary, further support is available, such as through our Community Alcohol Liaison Service (CALS), and the Don'tBottleItUp website will be able to point people in the direction of dedicated local specialists."

Cllr Colleen Atkins, Executive Member for Adults’ Services And Community Wellbeing at Bedford Borough Council, said: “This website is an excellent initiative which will prove extremely popular with individuals who are interested in monitoring their alcohol intake.

"The site can also be shared with friends and family. It’s a quick and easy monitoring process which also provides useful tips and information on a range of support services available to anyone with any health concerns regarding their alcohol consumption.”

Cllr Aslam Khan, Luton Borough Council’s portfolio holder for Public Health, said:  “This new and valuable online tool will help people to recognise their drinking habits and take action to prevent any negative impact drinking alcohol may be having on them, [their family, friends and work colleagues.] Local alcohol services listed on the website will help and support anyone who believes they may have a problem with alcohol.”

 

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