New research: Alcohol treatment services in England at crisis point, putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk

A new report, to be launched at the All Party Parliamentary Group on Alcohol Harm today (1 May), warns that the alcohol treatment sector is in crisis. These services are entering into a cycle of disinvestment, staff depletion, and reduced capacity, and this is due to get worse; in 2020 ring-fenced public health funding will […]

Accessibility and suitability of residential alcohol treatment for older adults

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The National Treatment Agency (2012) stated that “residential rehabilitation is a vital and potent component of the drug and alcohol treatment system … anyone who needs it should have easy access to rehab”.  There is a strong and consistent evidence base which demonstrates the benefits of rehab (Sheffield Hallam University, 2017).  Rehabs can have residents from up to five generations.  Most other types of residential services such as care homes and inpatient mental health services are segregated by age.

Majority of residential alcohol treatment centres unfairly excluding older adults, new study warns

New research published today (20 November) shows 1three out of four residential alcohol treatment facilities (rehabs) in England are failing older adults on the basis of arbitrary age limits which prevent them from accessing specialist rehab support. The study, which is being debated at a panel discussion at the House of Lords on Tuesday, 21 […]

Alcohol, other drugs and sight loss

A new report looking at the relationship between sight loss and substance use finds that while alcohol consumption is generally lower among people with visual impairment, it can present real challenges when problematic use arises.  This study provides the first UK overview of prevalence while presenting key insights into the issues faced by people both accessing and providing relevant services.