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Hidden Drinking and BME Communities

EACH Counselling & Support Services

729 London Road

Hounslow TW3 1SE


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Identifying and targeting groups:

  • Needs are often identified from various projects

  • Rapid needs analysis by key workers, working at a grass roots level with community based projects whose primary aim may not be about alcohol

  • Trends are fed back into service planning & delivery

  • Targeted support for example working with the Tamil community/Somali Community & Asian men

  • Building links with communities & understanding the different perceptions of alcohol use


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Reaching out to hidden drinkers

  • Home visiting service to Asian women

  • Street drinkers project in Hounslow that picked up a third of people

  • Street drinkers project in Brent

  • Work that focused on the Somali community which picked up both khat and alcohol use misuse within these communities

  • Domestic Violence early intervention project

  • Domestic Violence Counselling Service


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A holistic model

  • Service provision to both family and individual

  • Key sites & points of access for underserved communities

  • Based at GPs, Home-visiting, gender specific support groups to Somali, Tamil & Asian women & Somali & Tamil men, targeted support to family members & carers.

  • Hounslow ,Harrow & Ealing provide support via Housing


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Our learning

  • BME groups not homogenous

  • Gender differences

  • Specific differences in help seeking behavior

  • Asian men: more settled in the UK, access to primary healthcare, more support from family and communities & statutory services

  • Somali Clients ; less settled issues with accessing healthcare, greater risk of being ostracized/ religious beliefs meant negative view of drinking

  • Tamil Clients; insecure immigration status, historical trauma, dislocated, little or no access to primary healthcare very dependent for support on voluntary services


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Presenting Issues

  • Stigma of drinking

  • High levels of loneliness/isolation

  • Alcohol use not always the primary presenting issue

  • Lack of knowledge about the harmful effects of drinking

  • Family members were seeking abstinence as opposed to harm minimisation

  • Refugee and Asylum seeking clients presented with complex issues of trauma, risk of destitution, little or no support, language needs made accessing any services problematic


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Retention & Engagement

  • Quality of engagement is key

  • Aftercare just as crucial: addressing other issues, its never just about the alcohol

  • Had to offer something that met their immediate needs,

  • Impact on clients mental health

  • Welfare rights, housing, registering with GPs, advice on employment

  • Majority didn’t have housing issues; loneliness/boredom, street drinkers form “drinking school

  • Engage, let them know what services are not necessarily around alcohol


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EACH Counselling & Suport Service729 London RoadHounslow TW3 1SE

[email protected]

0208 579 6059


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