Worried about your drinking?
If you are looking for help for your own or someone else’s drinking, there is support available to you.
Speak with your GP about what support might be available to you or someone you are concerned about. This is a great first step in finding help.
There are also local dedicated alcohol support services, providing help to people with their drinking across the UK.
If you think it would be helpful to speak to someone on the phone about your concerns about your own or someone else’s drinking, Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. Calls are free of charge and the information shared remains confidential.
Call: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9.00am to 8.00pm, weekends 11.00am to 4.00pm).
Several member organisations of the Alcohol Health Alliance UK also offer advice, support, information and treatment:
Action on Addiction (advice and treatment)
Alcohol Change UK (information)
Aquarius (advice and treatment – Midlands)
BAC-IN CIC (advice and treatment – Nottingham)
Change, Grow, Live (advice and treatment)
Changing Lives (advice and treatment)
Druglink (advice and treatment – Hertfordshire)
Humankind (advice and treatment)
Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs (support – Scotland)
We Are With You (advice, treatment)
Worried about someone else’s drinking?
If you are worried about someone else’s drinking, there is help available to you.
You can contact Drinkline, or any of the organisations listed above, who can advise on how you can help the person that you are worried about.
If you are worried about your parent’s drinking and want to speak to someone about it, you can contact The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa).
Nacoa provide a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents. You can contact Nacoa whatever your age is.
Call: 0800 358 3456 (Monday to Saturday 2.00pm – 7.00pm).