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Controlled Drinking Skills

About the Course


The majority of clients seeking help for alcohol related problems primarily seek controlled drinking as a treatment goal.  This goal is most likely to be achieved for clients who are experiencing social complications from their drinking along with mild to moderate symptoms of dependence.  This course offers a complete programme of to support people achieve sustainable controlled drinking habits. 


The area of controlled drinking has been the most heavily scrutinized treatment condition in the whole addictions field through extensive research studies.  This course offers participants a complete skills et from assessment to completion in a structure drinking treatment programme that is supported by considerable clinical evidence.


The programme offers clear assessment tool to identify and offer feedback to clients on their likelihood to sustain controlled drinking.  Based on progression on the programme, the course offers clear goal setting for both daily drinking and special occasion drinking.  The programme explains alcohol’s effect at a variety of doses in order to establish the desired effect of alcohol.  It then provides a range of moderation skills to support clients to stay within the optimal window of alcohol consumption.  Addition skills are taught to address typical reasons for over drinking alongside more specialised interventions for complex over=drinking.  Monitoring process are also explained in order to review and re-define treatment goals where clients are unable to manage their alcohol usage.


Who is This Course For? 


This course will be very helpful to a wide range of professionals whose work brings them into contact with concerned or problem drinkers.  This includes substance misuse workers, health professional and those working with older populations.  As young people are more likely to drop out of abstinence based services, controlled drinking can be a very helpful strategy in supporting young people to make considerable lifestyle change.


Method of Delivery


The training course is highly interactive, even during presentations. It uses a wide variety of learning approaches including presentations, pairs and small group work exercises and self-assessment.The course is also supported with free e-learning and further resources to re-cap, review and refresh learning.The training pack can be amended to be a treatment manual.

Course Length

1 or 2 days (9.30-4.30)

Course Aims & Objectives

The aim of the course is to equip workers to provide effective and structured intervetnions to support controlled drinking.

Course Objectives


By the end of the course participants will have had opportunities to develop skills to:

  • Assess the clients suitability for Behaviour Control Training

  • Establish drinking goals and moderate drinking skills

  • Review and respond to the triggers to over-drinking

  • Provide more in-depth support where underlying problems influence over-drinking

  • Evaluate client progress and the necessity of abstinence where indicated