Drug & Alcohol Brief Interventions for Adults
Brief interventions is a term used to describe a conversation with people about their drug or alcohol use that could last from one five minute interaction to several 45-minute sessions.
These may be particularly suitable for alcohol users that are not dependent on alcohol (not showing signs of physical withdrawal) but for whom alcohol consumption is causing problems.
In Somerset there are increasing opportunities to talk to someone about alcohol use.
One Tooo Many?
Where you see the One tooo many? image, there will be someone in that agency who you can talk to about your drinking. This could be your health visitor, at your GP practice, in the local pharmacy or at the Citizen Advice Bureau office.
So if you want to talk about your drinking they are there to help you make changes to your drinking behaviour.
Alcohol / Drug Workers
There are Alcohol / Drug Workers in some specific settings across Somerset, including Musgrove Park Hospital and Yeovil District Hospital and in police custody suites.
They are working in these settings to be able to offer people the opportunity to talk about their alcohol use and make a change - ending up in A&E or being arrested is often the time to start to make a change.
It’s advice that's on offer, not a lecture
Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)
SDAS is a service for young people and adults as well as their partners, family and friends. They deliver a range of interventions including brief interventions for both alcohol and drug use and will support you to also access local community groups and peer support.
You can contact SDAS 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 303 87 88 or drop into your nearest SDAS Hub - click on the links below to get the details:
See also the Advice and Information section for websites that can help you manage your alcohol or drug use yourself or browse our directory of services.