Alcohol Misuse Services

Taking the Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol

The Northern Trust offers a range of services to help reduce the impact of alcohol misuse through four interlinked, outcome focused projects being delivered by a partnership of voluntary sector organisations, other service providers and stakeholders. This is funded by the Big Lottery Fund and is under the title Taking the Initiative to Reduce the Impact of Alcohol.

Believe in Youth aims to reduce the physical and mental harm caused by alcohol to young people by delaying the onset of drinking through education and alcohol intervention programmes alongside specialised alcohol intervention programmes delivered directly “where and when” young people congregate and socialise. This project will be delivered by Dunlewey Substance Advice Centre and the Northern Ireland Youth Forum. If you know of any area that could benefit then telephone 028 2565 2105.

Relationships and Alcohol Misuse aims to reduce the harm caused by alcohol to families by supporting and improving family life and relationships. This will be done through individual or family counselling linked to advice and advocacy and by strengthening community support. This project will be delivered by Relate NI and the Citizens Advice Bureaux (CAB) in Ballymena, Causeway and Cookstown. For further information call into your local CAB, telephone 028 9026 0882 or email

Healthy Body, Healthy Mind provides mentoring and counselling for individuals along with personal development packages. It will also increase the capacity of local community, voluntary and specialist services to recognise and support individuals and families affected by both mental health and alcohol problems. This project will be delivered by Contact and Action Mental Health. To discuss how this service can help both individually and in a local area please telephone 028 9074 4499.

Older Focus offers help and support to people aged 55+ who are concerned about their alcohol use. Support is also available for family members who are affected by an older persons alcohol use. It aims to increase recognition, understanding and skills about this hidden problem. This project will be delivered by Addiction NI and Causeway Rural and Urban Network (CRUN). To get help then telephone 028 9066 4434 or 028 7034 4934 or email

Community Development: All projects support the development of capacity in a local community by giving people living and working in communities the skills and knowledge to reduce the impact of alcohol misuse for generations to come. Please Contact any of the above numbers or the Older Focus Training and Development officer on 028 7034 4934 or email

Page last updated:12 September 2014