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Integrated Alcohol Service (IAS)

Last updated: 10th July 2024

Type of service:


Need supported:

  • Accommodation / Homelessness
  • Alcohol
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Drugs
  • Financial Inclusion
  • Health / Wellbeing
  • Mental Health
  • Military Veterans
  • Older People
  • Re-integration
  • Short-term Prisoners
  • Women


The Integrated Alcohol Service is a multidisciplinary team consisting of Doctors, Community Mental Health Nurses, Social Workers and Substance Use Workers. The service offers help, support, and treatment to individuals, who have issues relating to alcohol use and dependence. The aim is to assist people to achieve their alcohol related goals whilst offering help to enable them to tackle issues in their life that are being affected by their alcohol use. Talking to people about their goals and aspirations at the outset and agreeing a recovery journey for each individual stands at the heart of the Integrated Alcohol Service approach. We believe in working to people’ strengths and planning to help them develop the personal and community support needed for long term change. We provide support at all stages of a person’ recovery journey. We deliver high quality, non-judgmental, safe services and environments which provide a range of treatment options and support to meet the needs of individuals.

Suitability criteria:

  • All genders
  • All ages

Assessment/referral process:

  • Any agency, GP, Self-referral

Any adult who wishes to seek assistance for an alcohol issue. No gender exclusions. Referrals will be accepted for any adult age 16 or over. Referrals for any client between the ages of 16-18 will be looked at on a case by case basis to determine if other supports would be a better fit or how best to approach offering support. IAS: Referrals to this service can be made through GPs, and via Alcohol and Drugs Action. Referrals are accepted from professionals from any service – most usually by the referrer completing and sending an IAS Referral form to the team – but detailed assessment letters/documents will also be accepted. The client being referred needs to agree and consent to the referral being sent to the team. Clients can self-refer to the team by engaging first with the daily Direct Access service operated by our colleagues with Alcohol and Drugs Action – who can offer immediate support and then forward on a referral to the team. Each referral to the team is then triaged by the multi-disciplinary team within a maximum of four days and clients are contacted to begin developing an initial assessment and recovery plan.

Contact information:

Further Information:

Claire Patterson: IAS Team Lead/ Community Mental Health Nurse. Barry Stephen: IAS Senior Social Worker Team is based at the Macrobin Centre, Royal Cornhill Hospital. Contact can be offered at Macrobin and through home/community visits, phone call and virtual meetings.