NSW Health today launched a free alcohol reduction program to help people improve their health by reducing their alcohol consumption.
Dr Jo Mitchell, Executive Director, Centre for Population Health, said NSW Health’s Get Healthy Service now includes an alcohol reduction program, which consists of 10 coaching calls, coupled with alcohol-related education, management and goal-setting strategies.
“The Get Healthy Service is an accessible, free program for anyone who wants to break bad habits and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Participants can set a weight, healthy eating, physical activity or alcohol reduction related goal,” said Dr Mitchell.
“Unhealthy alcohol use has significant short and long-term health implications, including injuries and chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, mental health problems, liver diseases, cancer and cardiovascular diseases,” said Dr Mitchell.
“The social cost of alcohol abuse in NSW is estimated to be $3.87 billion per year.”
Designed for people aged 18 years and over, the alcohol reduction program is aimed at people wanting to reduce their alcohol consumption to reduce risk factors for chronic disease, reduce and maintain a healthy weight and achieve a healthier lifestyle.
All participants will be screened for their alcohol risk at the time of enrolment using the Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT), an internationally validated screening tool. To ensure safe clinical practice, people who are drinking harmful levels of alcohol will be referred to appropriate specialist services such as the Alcohol and Drug Information Service.
To register or for more information about the Get Healthy Service visit the Get Healthy Service website www.gethealthynsw.com.au or telephone 1300 806 258.