DrinkThink is a bespoke alcohol Identification and Brief Advice (IBA) tool for young people, designed with young people, with health messages relevant for young people.

The tool is designed for use by busy health professionals who meet young people at risk of alcohol misuse in the course of their duties.DrinkThink provides an immediate, appropriate and structured response to use opportunistically.

DrinkThink was produced during a two year alcohol project working with NHS partners and young people’s services in Bath to address risky alcohol use amongst young people.

DrinkThink is now widely used in a variety of different agencies including substance misuse use services, sexual health and contraceptive teams, youth offending services, school nursing, social services, child and adolescent mental health teams and hospital settings.

The tool is suitable for any young person whose drinking puts them at risk. However, DrinkThink is particularly suitable for young people who are binge drinking and also when follow up is unlikely.

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What is DrinkThink?

The tool is suitable for use by busy professionals who meet young people at risk of alcohol misuse in the course of their duties. DrinkThink provides an immediate, appropriate and structured response which can be used opportunistically. The tool is useful in any setting where young people seek help, advice or information. We suggest:

DrinkThink was produced during a two year alcohol project by our specialist YP service in Bath, engaging NHS partners to address risky alcohol use amongst young people.DrinkThink is now widely used in a variety of different agencies including substance misuse use services, sexual health and contraceptive teams, youth offending services, school nursing, social services, child and adolescent mental health teams, pharmacies and hospital settings.

What do young people and professionals say about it?

DrinkThink routinely seeks evaluation/feedback from young people as part of the tool. It is a simple scale with happy and sad faces following good practice for young people’s work, and asking 3 simple questions on liking (approval) of the tool; helpfulness; and anticipated change in thinking/behaviour. Answers are scaled between 1 and 10. We also asked professionals how easy they found the tools and support to use.

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DrinkThink Tools

All of the resources you can see have been designed with young people, road tested by young people and are constantly evaluated by them. We maintain this methodology to ensure the resources we provide are a relevant visual engagement tool. The resources on this page can be made available to you under licence for a single charge. One of our trainers will visit you at your convenience and deliver ten sets of the resource pack and deliver a half-day training session on best practice with this innovative resource.

What does the DrinkThink toolkit include?

  • Guidance for professionals
  • A young person friendly screening tool based on the using M-SASQ (a reliable and rapid validated screening method)
  • Flash cards exploring risk
  • Health risks for young people
  • Worksheet
  • Safer drinking advice and guidance
  • Monitoring and evaluation tool

The tool can be used with any young person whose drinking puts them at risk. However, DrinkThink is particularly suitable for young people who are binge drinking and also when follow up is difficult to arrange.

The DrinkThink toolkit package aims to:

  • Increase awareness among young people and health professionals of the risks and consequences of alcohol use
  • Provide workers with relevant skills, knowledge and a structure to discuss alcohol use with young people, including specific training
  • Provide alcohol interventions at ‘teachable moments’ in those agencies likely to have contact with young people at risk from their drinking
  • Encourage young people to make a safer drinking plan
  • Give age appropriate information and education materials, designed and evaluated with the input of young people themselves
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