Many of the services in Hackney and the City which provide support around alcohol risk are relevant to higher risk or dependent drinkers, and recovery services promote abstinence over reduced drinking. The infrastructure to promote moderation and raise awareness and reduction of alcohol-related harm for increasing risk drinkers is more limited. To support greater activity in this area, there may be a case for expanding training in IBA A for more frontline workers.

There may also be potential for further work with certain sections of the community who may be at particular risk of alcohol-related harm, including older people and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and other sexual and gender minority (LGBT+) residents.

Finally, while many minority ethnic communities have lower risk levels of drinking, people within these communities who are drinking at increasing risk levels may be less likely to seek support (due to stigma and/or cultural attitudes). Working with relevant local communities, to gain a better understanding of cultural issues in relation to alcohol, may help to build capacity to prevent and address alcohol-related harm and support better access to services. 1


  1. Identification and brief advice


  1. Joseph Rowntree Foundation, “Ethnicity and Alcohol: a Review of UK Literature,” 2010. [Online]. Available: [Accessed 18 October 2016].