Champs Public Health Collaborative are launching a new campaign funded by Cheshire & Merseyside Health & Care Partnership to promote the Lower My Drinking platform, which is now available for use across Cheshire and Merseyside.
During the COVID-19 pandemic harmful drinking has risen significantly, which has an impact on people, communities, and services. The Lower My Drinking app is free to download and use for anyone who lives or works in Cheshire and Merseyside (access is by postcode). It has been designed by clinical psychologists and behavioural scientists: the platform gives advice and uses scientifically-proven tools to reduce drinking to the recommended limit of 14 units a week or less.
Using the app, you can set a drinking goal and work towards it by:
- Tracking progress towards an individual drinking goal
- Recognising all the gains to be made by cutting down
- Focusing on what is really motivating to reduce drinking
- Sees how your drinking compares to the rest of the population
As well as this, Lower My Drinking shows the issues that could potentially cause someone to drink more than is healthy for them and gives a set of proven skills that can be used to address these. Specifically, these skills will –
- Change how an individual thinks about alcohol and the role it plays in their life
- Anticipate situations that may tempt someone to drink too much, and plan how they will limit their drinking when they get there
- Help the person to stay calm and relaxed in any situation without having a drink
- Replace drinking in a daily routine with positive activities that will feel good
- Manage any impulses to drink at the wrong time or in the wrong place by using a mindfulness technique
- Improve lifestyles and boost overall physical and emotional wellbeing