Terms and Conditions

Drink Checker - User Privacy policy

Alcohol Health Network ("We") is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy. In short, your details are confidential and we will never pass on your personal details to anyone for their own use.

This policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us. Please read the following carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will treat it.

For the purpose of the Data Protection Act 1998 (the Act), the data controller is Alcohol Health Network CIC of 465A Hornsey Rd, Unit A, 1st Floor, Islington, London N19 4DR.

Our nominated representative for the purpose of the Act is Don Shenker.

1. Information relating to your drinking Levels

To provide you with personalised information based on your drinking levels and to help us analyse and improve our service, we ask for your gender, age (by bracket), ethnicity, occupation; and in some cases your postcode and pregnancy status. We will use this, together with the information you provide us with in relation to your drinking levels and other health circumstances, to provide you with risk and health-based feedback about your drinking.

We will analyse the demographic data and average levels of drinking related to users of the site but this remains confidential and anonymous. This will be used purely for statistical purposes. We also collect information about which parts of the site are used and how many new visitors there are to the site but this is anonymous.

When you take an alcohol health review we will use this information to provide you with anonymous and confidential feedback on your drinking. This data will never be shared with anyone else.

AHN is the owner of all raw data collated on the Drink Checker website. If we operate an E-Drink Check site for a client (for example, a local authority), the client is provided with aggregate anonymised data charts and analysis for their site – this aggregate anonymised data remains wholly confidential between AHN and their client.

We will provide our client with anonymised aggregate information on the proportion of people who used the site (ie “50% of site users were men or women”) and what the average drinking levels were (ie “50% of men/women used the site; and average drinking levels were 20 units per week”). This will help our client to plan future health promotions effectively.

We may use aggregated information about our users for the purposes of our own statistical analysis, which we may also share with other people on an aggregated basis which does not identify you individually.

2. Your Email Address and Phone Number

In order to receive weekly tips and advice, or our drink diary service, you will need to provide an email address or mobile telephone number as part of the registration process. Your email address and mobile number will never be shared with anyone and will be destroyed if you do not log in after 6 months of last use. We may contact you by email or SMS to ask you if anything in relation to your drinking levels has changed and how you experienced using the site. You do not have to respond to these communications and can ask not to be contacted again.

If you choose to provide us with your email address, we may also use it:

  • If you log in to the site, to ensure that content from our site is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer.
  • To notify you about changes to our site.

We will not disclose your email address to any client or other person for their own use.

3. Other Information You Give to Us

If you provide it to us, we may collect and process the following data about you.

  • Details of your visits to our site including, but not limited to, traffic data, location data, weblogs and other communication data.
  • Sensitive personal data relating to your racial or ethnic origin, physical and mental health (including alcohol consumption levels).

If you contact us (including through our corporate website at www.alcoholhealthnetwork.org.uk), we may keep a record of that correspondence and use it to respond to your query and improve our service.

We may collect information about your computer, including where available your IP address, operating system and browser type, for system administration and to report aggregate information to our client. This is used to build statistical data about our users' browsing actions and patterns, and does not identify any individual.

4. Cookies

Our website uses cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. For detailed information on the cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them see our Cookie policy

5. Where we store your personal data

The data that we collect from you may be transferred to, and stored at, a destination outside the European Economic Area ("EEA"). It may also be processed by staff operating outside the EEA who work for us or for one of our suppliers. By submitting your personal data, you agree to this transfer, storing or processing. We will take all steps reasonably necessary to ensure that your data is treated securely and in accordance with this privacy policy.

All information you provide to us is stored on our secure servers. Where we have given you (or where you have chosen) a password, which enables you to access certain parts of our site, you are responsible for keeping this password confidential. We ask you not to share a password with anyone.

Unfortunately, the transmission of information via the internet is not completely secure. Although we will do our best to protect your personal data, we cannot guarantee the security of your data transmitted to our site. Once we have received your information, we will use strict procedures and security features to try to prevent unauthorised access.

6. Other People’s use of your information

To help us host and provide the site we use selected specific suppliers who employ appropriate data security measures. We will need to disclose your information to them, but this will be solely for the purposes of them helping us provide the services available by means of our site.

We may disclose your personal information to third parties if we are under a duty to disclose or share your personal data in order to comply with any legal obligation; or to protect the rights, property, or safety of Alcohol Health Network CIC our customers, or others.

7. Other Sites

Our site may, from time to time, contain links to and from the websites of our partner networks, advertisers and affiliates. If you follow a link to any of these websites, please note that these websites have their own privacy policies and that we do not accept any responsibility or liability for these policies. Please check these policies before you submit any personal data to these websites.

8. Access to information

The Act gives you the right to access information held about you. Your right of access can be exercised in accordance with the Act. Any access request may be subject to a fee of £10 to meet our costs in providing you with details of the information we hold about you.

9. Changes to our privacy policy

Any changes we may make to our privacy policy in the future will be posted on this page and, where appropriate, notified to you by e-mail.

10. Contact

Questions, comments and requests regarding this privacy policy are welcomed and should be addressed to Alcohol Health Network, 465A Hornsey Rd, Unit A, 1st Floor, Islington, London N19 4DR or info@alcoholhealthnetwork.org.uk