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Alcohol and Drugs

City of York Council would like to hear your views on York's support for people with drugs and/or alcohol problems and for those affected by someone else's substance use.

As a professional working in primary care, you are invited to complete our Stakeholder Survey

If you are someone who experiences, or has experienced drug and, or alcohol problems yourself, you are invited to complete York Drug and Alcohol Service - Individuals Survey, whether or not you've used York Drug and Alcohol Service.

Your responses will help us understand the range of experiences and views of York Drug and Alcohol Service and inform the design of future services in York.

The surveys will be live for the month of November 2022.


For promotion to all York adult patients: Lower My Drinking – York’s alcohol quiz and advice website

York residents have free access to Lower My Drinking, York’s alcohol quiz and advice website: Based on the quiz (AUDIT questionnaire) results, it provides tailored information around the effects alcohol has on health and wellbeing, low risk drinking levels and relevant support available in York. The website is relevant for 18yrs+, however much alcohol someone usually drinks.

City of York residents can also download the Lower My Drinking phone app to help with setting goals around alcohol, identifying difficult situations and planning how to manage them, and keeping an eye on progress. The app is FREE of charge from the App Store for iOS and Play Store for Android.

For more information on Lower My Drinking, please contact

For an overview of support available around alcohol and drug use in York see:

Family Services for those affected by another's substance use in York 

York Drug & Alcohol Service – run by Changing Lives and Spectrum CIC 

Changing Habits – support to break drinking habits and build new ways for coping with life's stresses

Changing Habits is a York service for people who have started to develop unhealthy drinking habits or whose alcohol consumption may be causing health or relationship problems. We offer help for your patient to change unhelpful drinking patterns and build new ways of coping with life's challenges. We envisage that most Changing Habits clients will have scores of 10-18 from a full AUDIT, but we will ensure that your patients get to the right service, whatever level of support they need, and can introduce them to City of York Council Health Trainers or York Drug and Alcohol Service if that is more appropriate for them.

Referrals to Changing Habits are by phone or post: 01904 621776 or see the referral form for the postal address. The service welcomes self-referrals by phone or text: 01904 621776 / 07513715546

For more information on the service, please contact the team: 01904 621776 or


North Yorkshire Horizons (Adults) and North Yorkshire Rise (Young People) - run by HumanKind

North Yorkshire Horizons (specialist service for adults wanting to be free from drugs or alcohol misuse) and North Yorkshire Rise (specialist service for young people aged 10-19, or 24 with SEND) have a single point of contact: 01723 330730 / freephone 08000 141480. Website:

NY Horizons - leaflet 
NY Rise - leaflet

North Yorkshire practice based drug and alcohol treatment services

Any practices who wish to participate in the delivery of practice based drug and alcohol treatment services and are not currently contracted via the North Yorkshire County Council Approved Provider List should contact:  


City of York