Surrey Heartlands has introduced DrinkCoach, a new Skype-based coaching service for Surrey residents aged 18 and over who are drinking above recommended levels and want support to reduce the amount they drink.

Most people enjoy a drink; however research shows that almost 30% of adults in Surrey drink above the recommended levels. Regularly drinking too much alcohol can affect both physical and mental health, and is associated with 200 medical conditions including heart and liver disease, stroke, cancer, depression, anxiety and insomnia.

Gail Hughes, Surrey County Council Public Health Lead said: “The online DrinkCoach sessions offer a professional, convenient and confidential way for individuals to discuss their drinking and receive expert guidance from an alcohol treatment specialist.

“We’ve tried to make sessions as accessible as possible, week days, evenings and weekends, anywhere with a Skype connection.”

DrinkCoach appointments can be booked via the Healthy Surrey at www.healthysurrey.org.uk/your-health/alcohol .  Up to six sessions are offered free of charge to those using the discount code ‘SURREYWELL’.

Additional resources include the DrinkCoach alcohol test; a quick, confidential check which offers personalised advice on cutting down and information on finding further support. See www.drinkcoach.org.uk/alcohol-test. There is also a DrinkCoach App to help monitor drinking and make changes to intake.