Web chat now available for older adults with alcohol problems   

Posted 08.08.2018

People over 50 who are worried about their drinking can now get support from professionals trained to help older adults with alcohol problems by using web chat on the Drink Wise, Age Well website www.drinkwiseagewell.org.uk 

Drink Wise, Age is a National Lottery funded programme led by Addaction (who also offer web chat at www.addaction.org.uk) that helps people aged 50 plus to make healthier choices about alcohol as they age. 

Drink Wise, Age Well operates in five “demonstration” areas across the UK as they strive to help reduce harmful drinking in an ageing population. But the addition of web chat means that older adults living anywhere in the UK can now get personal, online support at a time that suits them. 

The web chat service operates Monday to Friday 10am – 4pm and 6pm to 9pm, and 11am – 4pm on Saturday and Sunday and you can make an appointment to engage in real time discussion with someone during these times by clicking on the ‘Book an appointment’ tab here https://drinkwiseagewell.org.uk/webchat/. 

In the UK, higher risk drinking – above the Chief Medical Officer’s guidelines – is declining in every other age group except the over 50s and Drink Wise, Age Well is offering web chat to complement the face-to-face help and support they provide to older adults and their families in GlasgowSheffieldDevonCwm Taf University Health Board area and the Western Trust area in Northern Ireland.           

Julie Breslin, Head of Drink Wise, Age Well, said, “As we age, life changes such as retirement, bereavement, or the children leaving home may leave some of us feeling more isolated and struggling to cope which can lead to increased alcohol use.        

“Over the past three years we have supported more than 85,000 people face-to-face, but there is demand for what we do in other parts of the country and web chat is a brilliant way to deliver convenient, confidential advice.”