Alcohol IBA ‘training app’ released

1 Jul

IBA An IBA training app was recently released on the apple store, Google play and also on the amazon app store. The free app is available to download to support front line health or social care professional roles to offer simple alcohol brief intervention.

The app contains a simple format to introducing the key fundamental knowledge and skills required to offer alcohol ‘Identification and Brief Advice’, with a focus on possible scenarios and responses. Firstly, the app offers a background to IBA and how early intervention for alcohol misuse is suitable for around a quarter of the adult population. It also offers interactive sections exploring key areas such as alcohol units and the AUDIT screening tool.

risk groupsThe main focus of the app focuses on a number of scenarios demonstrating suggested ‘brief advice’ responses as well as examples of how not to respond to ambivalent or resistant responses. The scenarios include actors playing increasing, higher risk and possibly dependent drinkers, each showing a range of possible attitudes and practitioner responses.

The app offers a shorter alternative to the 2 hour online IBA e-learning which has proven a popular resource. Nonetheless, good face to face training should still be considered the gold standard training approach. Of course many busy front line roles may not have access to face to face training so the app offers a quick and effective introduction to IBA delivery.

2 Responses to “Alcohol IBA ‘training app’ released”

  1. derynbishop July 1, 2014 at 1:43 pm #

    hopefully a welcome addition to the toolkit to support IBA! I will be sharing the news and getting feedback on how useful it is

  2. cresswellosophy July 7, 2014 at 4:58 pm #


    The British Liver Trust has developed an iPhone app called Spruce. The app plans to help its users to detoxify through promoting three nights in a row of non-drinking. Medical experts claim that three days of alcohol abstinence a week allows enough time for the liver to regenerate. The initial target audience for the app are young people aged between 21 and 35.

    I was wondering if you would be interesting in trying out our app and writing about it on your blog to promote something that the British Liver Trust are very excited about.

    Please contact me for more details:

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