It is easy to assume that everyone is drinking or using at the same level as you, particularly if you tend to use drugs or alcohol with friends. These tools can help you figure out how you compare to other people of a similar age and background.
They are available online or as an app for your mobile phone.
The Drinks Meter asks you to enter your weekly alcohol consumption and tells you how you measure up compared to other people in the UK, as well as other people in your age group/gender/etc. For some people, this can feel more relevant than comparing themselves to the NHS guidelines.
It provides information/advice about the potential risks associated with your drinking, as well as the financial impact, and offers practical tips on how to reduce these. It also gives you the option to think about drinks you could have done without, and recalculates the comparison so you can see how easy it would be to reduce.
The Drugs Meter works in a similar way to the Drinks Meter. Specific apps are available for:
The SPACED Team have developed the following workbooks, which you can use even if you’re struggling to attend a face-to-face appointment.
We have also developed information sheets discussing issues which can be linked to substance use. We will be working on more in the new year, so keep checking back!
Tools for professionals
The Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test (AUDIT) is a widely used tool which can help to identify potentially risky patterns of drinking. It is quick and easy to administer, and provides a numeric score which helps to determine whether an individual’s drinking is likely to be causing problems.
The K-check tool has been designed as an assessment tool for ketamine users. It can support GPs and drug workers to assess the risks faced by ketamine users, and provide a basis for delivering appropriate advice and guidance.
Newer Unregulated Drugs
The Newer Unregulated Drugs Screening Tool (NUDST) is a simple screening tool intended to assess which Novel Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are being used and the impact of their use