Julie Breslin - Head of programme Drink Wise, Age Well

JB PicJulie Breslin has worked in the homelessness and addiction field for twenty years, starting her career in Dublin with homelessness charity Focus Ireland. In 1998 she moved to Glasgow and following the completion of a Post Grad Diploma in Addictions began working in statutory addiction services.

Julie began working for Addaction in 2006 and since then has established and managed a number of alcohol support services. In 2009 with funding from the Big Lottery Fund, Julie set up the Over 50s Alcohol Service in Glasgow. In its three years of funding the service supported more than 300 adults aged over 50 experiencing alcohol problems. The service received a number of accolades including the Herald Society Awards Health Provider of the year in 2012. Julie is committed to understanding and responding to the needs of older adults with substance misuse problems and is currently head of the UK wide Drink Wise, Age Well programme.

Julie is happiest when out walking with her dog, somewhere ideally far removed from all civilisation.