Turning Point responds to Alcohol Statistics Report

News item posted: 04 April 2014

In response to the Alcohol Statistics Report from the National Drug Treatment Monitoring System (NDTMS) - 1st April 2011 - 31st March 2012, Selina Douglas, Turning Point's Managing Director of Substance Misuse said;

"The statistics show that the number of new treatment journeys for those with an alcohol misuse issue has increased. This is a trend we have also experienced at Turning Point. I feel that this can, at least in part, be attributed to an increase in successful interventions. For instance, Turning Point's hospital liaison service in Sunderland, which provides screening and brief interventions to those presenting at hospital, is having a positive impact on reducing hospital alcohol related attendances.

It is positive to see that hospital based provision is one of the key elements of Public Health England's alcohol strategy moving forward; a second is Identification and Brief Advice (IBA). As a response to this Turning Point have developed a web based assessment and referral tool for GP's and Pharmacists, ensuring swifter access to appropriate alcohol treatment services where appropriate from a broad range of health care providers. Developments like this ensure that we continue to reach the individuals who need our help at the right time. "