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Cranstoun launches app to help Worcestershire residents reduce their drinking

Posted on: 29 October, 2020

Cranstoun, Worcestershire’s substance misuse service has launched the ‘Lower My Drinking’ app to help support residents to understand and manage their drinking.  Free to download, the app provides tailored support to people who want to drink less and enjoy more. 

The ‘Lower My Drinking’ website allows Worcester residents to self-assess their drinking in confidence, learn about the potential health consequences and receive tailored support to help reduce drinking to lower risk levels. Those who are directed to the app can track their alcohol consumption and use techniques based on cognitive-behavioural therapy and mindfulness to manage their drinking. Residents who require professional help are signposted to local alcohol support services.

Annie Steele Director of Operations said: “We are delighted to offer Worcester residents an easy way to assess and reduce their drinking.  The Lower My Drinking app supports people with their goals to get healthier, feel better and live healthy, safe and happy lives”.

The launch comes following Public Health England figures showing that the number of people drinking at higher risk has soared with estimates from the Office of National Statistics showing a near doubling of higher risk drinkers during lockdown.

Dr Jonathan Ward, Managing Director of Breaking Free Group, commented: “We are excited that ‘Lower My Drinking’ has been made available to all residents of Worcestershire to help prevent alcohol harm. Given the restrictions imposed in response to the coronavirus pandemic, it is now more important than ever to harness digital technology to increase people’s access to effective support to help them address their problem drinking.”

The Lower my Drinking App is provided by Breaking Free Group, the creators of Breaking Free Online, an evidence-based digital treatment and recovery programme that empowers people to overcome problem drinking, drug misuse and smoking.

The Lower my Drinking App can be downloaded from Google Play and the App Store. The Lower My Drinking website is at www.lowermydrinking.com.

Worcester residents who would like further help with their alcohol or substance misuse can visit the Cranstoun Worcester web page or get in touch on 0300 303 8200 or cranstounworcsreferrals@cranstoun.org.uk

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