Where can you go for help?

If you are concerned about your drinking or someone else’s, you can talk to your GP about services and treatments available.

As well as the NHS, there are a number of charities and support groups across the UK that provide support and advice for people with an alcohol misuse problem.

Useful contacts for alcohol problems:

Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call this free helpline, in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am – 8pm, weekends 11am – 4pm).


Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) (http://www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk) is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.


Al-Anon Family Groups (http://www.al-anonuk.org.uk) offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and can be attended by 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person's drinking, usually a parent.


Addaction (http://www.addaction.org.uk) is a UK-wide treatment agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse.


Adfam (http://www.adfam.org.uk) is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and database of local support groups.


The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) (http://www.nacoa.org.uk)  provides a free, confidential telephone and email helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned with their welfare. Call 0800 358 3456 for the Nacoa helpline.


Caring for an alcoholic? Find out where you can get support: http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/alcohol/Pages/Caringforanalcoholic.aspx

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