Learn to drink safely and avoid trouble
If you receive a Fixed Penalty Notice for an alcohol-related anti-social behaviour incident, Police Scotland Fife Division will offer you an opportunity to attend one of our Alcohol Diversion group courses. If you attend within 21 days your fine of £40 will be waived.
The choice is yours.
Where are the courses held?
If you agree to attend, then the Police will ask us to contact you with details of the course nearest your home. We run courses in several towns:
- St Andrews
Course content - a brief intervention
Alcohol Diversion is a conversation about drinking with an opportunity to reflect on personal experience. You will gain an understanding of:
- binge drinking - what it is and its dangers
- the risk of being involved in further anti-social behaviour incidents, or of becoming a victim of crime
- how to measure how much alcohol you drink
- what happens to your body and mind during stages of intoxication
- how long it then takes to become free of alcohol
- the dangers of overdosing
Finally, you are encouraged to explore ways of changing your drinking habits to stay as safe as possible whether drinking at home or out and about. Even small changes are beneficial and put you less at risk.
How long is the course?
The course normally lasts around 2 hours.
What if I need more help?
The course is facilitated by fully trained alcohol counsellors. Ask to speak to one if you are troubled about your drinking. Our counsellor can arrange for you to receive more intensive help such as ADAPT counselling, or can refer you to another specialist service.
At the end of the course you will also receive a small pack that includes contact details for a variety of services.
Where can I find out more?
For more information about this course, please contact ADAPT
What people have said:
“The issue of a harmless night out comes up when a young mum realises that she may still be under the influence for a long time after the sitter has gone”. William Pugh
“Even the young and fit are at risk of harming themselves. The course makes the point that damage can come quickly or over a number of years. They are often surprised and at times shocked by what they learn”. Margaret Robertson
“An individual suddenly realizes that he or she may have been driving under the influence of alcohol following a drinking binge the night before. They are completely unaware of how long it takes for alcohol to leave the body. This simple fact hits home”. Donald Grieve