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GCA (Glasgow Council on Alcohol) is a not-for-profit organisation that provides alcohol counselling, counselling training, group work and deliver Alcohol Brief Interventions in Glasgow and surrounding areas. GCA are a COSCA recognised training organisation.

You can self-refer to our alcohol counselling service

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You can refer to our alcohol counselling service if you are a GP or health professional

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What do we do


Which Way Schools Programme

The Which Way? programme focuses on increasing understanding of issues related to risk taking behaviours, such as substance misuse anti-social behaviour, social media etc. The programme also focuses on building resilience and improving mental wellbeing in children and young people.

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We work in Communities

GCA Alcohol and Drug Prevention and Education Service is an alcohol and drug prevention and education service which aims to reduce alcohol and drug related harm and risk of harm, at an individual and community wide level through a long-term multifaceted approach to changing the culture of alcohol and drug use.

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Training & Courses

GCA offer Introductory to advanced COSCA Counselling training courses. We have a bespoke training room at our main offices in Claremont Street. Specific training can take place at your own organisation or workplace.

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Our Services


Alcohol Counselling

GCA offer individual, free and confidential counselling for people experiencing alcohol-related difficulties and those affected by someone else’s alcohol issue. The service is provided by trained staff and volunteers over five days and three evenings a week. You can access the service by contacting GCA directly or by being referred by another source such as a GP or CAT Team. Our counsellors are available in Glasgow City Centre, East End, Yoker, Drumchapel and East Dunbartonshire.

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ABI Service

GCA have been delivering Alcohol Brief Interventions within community settings in Glasgow for over 7 years. During this time the team have delivered hundreds of screenings and ABIs to members of the public they have engaged. We have delivered ABIs in Pharmacies, Health Centres, Job Centres, Colleges, work places, supermarkets and at community events such as Gala days however we are always on the look-out for new events and places to deliver, if you feel your group could benefit from an ABI session or if you have an event coming up that you think it would be appropriate for us to attend.

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ROC Service

Our ROC (Reconnecting with Options in the Community ) comprises of the ACE Programme 10 Achieving Compliance through Education (10 session structured group work programme)
Prison throughcare support (prison connections and bridging the gaps) the Reconnecting women’s programme (1-2-1 engagement and self-development programme)
and the Mentoring , Volunteering and Training (building skills for independent living) elements.

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