About Drink Wise, Age Well

Drink Wise, Age Well helps people make healthier choices about their drinking as they age.

For many people alcohol can have a positive impact on their lives including increased socialisation and relaxation. Many of us will enjoy alcohol as we get older and may never experience some of the negative effects.

As a society we’re living longer, and many of us will have active and independent lives well into old age. Research even suggests that after the age of 50, people begin to get progressively happier.

However, this isn’t the case for everyone, for some people alcohol can start to have negative impacts as they get older. In the past ten years we have seen a significant increase in harms caused by alcohol to older people.

So, what do we do?

Drink Wise, Age Well provides information on alcohol and getting older to allow you to make informed choices about your alcohol use. We provide information on alcohol unit guidelines, tips for cutting down and where and how to get help if you need it.

Drink Wise, Age Well also supports health and social care providers and community organisations to recognise and respond to risky drinking in people aged over 50.

The Drink Wise, Age Well programme is delivered through an integrated approach which spans four key work areas.

  • We raise awareness and change attitudes. Our prevention and campaigning team work to increase awareness and change attitudes around alcohol use and ageing across our communities and in the workplace.
  • We increase resilience. A sense of isolation and loss of sense of purpose is described by those older adults whose drinking has increased. That is why our work doesn’t just focus on people who are drinking. It targets those that are at risk due to key life changes, such as bereavement or retirement and those that are trying to maintain their recovery from alcohol use.
  • We offer training and skills development. Our free training courses are designed to help people who work in our communities to better identify and respond to problem drinking in the over 50s.
  • We offer support to individuals, groups and families. Our direct engagement and support team offer one-to-one support, home visits, Mutual Aid Partnership meetings and family support.
  • Where we work

    Our services in Glasgow, Devon, Sheffield and Cwm Taf will be closed from the 31/03/2020. For information on programme learning follow @DWAW_UK on twitter. Chat to us on webchat for help and support.

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  • Press and media

    Here you can browse our latest press releases or get in contact with us if you have any media related enquiries.

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  • Our partners

    Drink Wise, Age Well is made up of six strategic partners. Find out more about these partners and the work they do.

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  • Shared Stories

    Here you can read a collection of first-hand experiences from people who have used our services, or from loved ones who have received help and advice to support someone they care about.

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