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Alcohol Concern recently merged with Alcohol Research UK to create a major independent national charity, working to reduce the harms caused by alcohol. We offer a wide range of training for those whose work brings them into contact with people drinking at potentially harmful levels.


Alcohol and older people: identification and brief advice and appropriate care planning course



This course will outline how workers can identify alcohol-related harm among older people and how to help these drinkers to address or manage their drinking.


Who should sign up?

The course is appropriate for staff in all services who work with older people who are at risk of alcohol-related harm.


What will it cover?

This course will cover a comprehensive approach to working with older people who drink too much. The focus is people over 65, but the course will also be of value to those working with people aged 55-65.


What will I learn?

By the end of the training course, you will be able to:

  • Understand the alcohol unit and sensible limit system and apply it to individual consumption among older people
  • Use and interpret an appropriate alcohol screening tool
  • Communicate brief advice effectively and confidently to individuals about their alcohol use
  • Improve the knowledge of individuals on the physical, social and psychological effects of alcohol in a way that supports change
  • Assess the risks associated with particular patterns of drinking and identify those older people in need of further intervention
  • Signpost to the various treatment and support options available for older heavy drinkers,
  • Identify and make appropriate referrals to local services for those experiencing problems with alcohol
  • Develop an appropriate care plan for an older drinker who is difficult to engage in treatment.


Trainer: Mike Ward

Mike Ward is Senior Consultant at Alcohol Concern. He has worked in the substance misuse/ mental health field for over thirty years. He founded and led Surrey Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service and has worked for Cranstoun and Kent Council on Addiction. He was formerly Commissioning Manager (Mental Health & Substance Misuse) for Surrey Social Services, where he also acted as DAAT Coordinator and community safety lead. He is now a full-time consultant and trainer. He wrote the Department of Health/NTA guidelines on running drug death review systems and has recently written guidance on minimum standards for alcohol Intervention and Brief Advice (IBA). 


Together with Mark Holmes, Mike developed the Blue Light Project, Alcohol Concern’s ground-breaking initiative to develop alternative approaches and care pathways for treatment-resistant drinkers who place a burden on public services. The project shows that there are positive strategies that can be used with this client group.



What does training cost?

Training costs £80 plus VAT per person.


How long is the course?

Each course is one full day. Training will start at 10am each day and end at approximately at 4.30pm.


What are my transport/parking options for getting to and from the event?

Alcohol Research UK is located approximately 15 minutes’ walk from King's Cross St. Pancras Underground and Rail Station. There is no parking at our venue.


How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email us:

Call us: 02039078480


What is the refund policy?

All cancellations should be made in writing via email to  If you give us more than 14 days’ notice, we will not charge you, and we will refund any fees you have already paid.


If you give us between 7 and 14 days’ notice, we will charge you half the course fee. If you give us less than 7 days’ notice, we will charge you the full fee.


Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes. Please email if you would like to transfer your registration to another person.

Do you have questions about Alcohol Concern training - Alcohol and older people? Contact Alcohol Concern

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Alcohol Concern / Alcohol Research UK
27 Swinton Street
WC1X 9NW London
United Kingdom

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