Please find below a list of organisations which may be able to offer further help for alcohol dependency issues and other addictions. This list is by no means exhaustive, and in particular we have not listed local alcohol support services as these are too numerous for this page. Your GP will be able to inform you of local alcohol services in your area.
If you would like to suggest an alcohol support service/charity/organisation that we have not mentioned on this page, do please contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org
provides a huge support network of counsellors, enabling visitors to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs. www.counselling-directory.org.uk
is the UK's leading drug and alcohol charity. Every year, they help over 40,000 people in England and Scotland to recover from their problems. http://www.addaction.org.uk
Drinkline - the national drink helpline can provide local service information. Call: 0800 917 8282
is a directory of residential rehabilitation services for adult drug and/or alcohol misusers in England and Wales
Change, grow, live
is a social care and health charity working with individuals, families and communities across England and Wales that are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime, homelessness, domestic abuse and antisocial behaviour. www.changegrowlive.org
Your GP or local Community Alcohol Team should also be able to provide you with details of services available in your area
The London Drug and Alcohol Network (LDAN)
has an online directory of services across London: http://www.ldan.org.uk/
and use 'Find a service'
Help to Heal is a national service for counselling practitioners of all modalities and is intended to provide a bridge between counsellors and people seeking help. It includes a database of over 200 counsellors, descriptions of the common approaches to psychotherapy and helplines for a variety of different problems.
Mums in Need - Mums In Need supports mums who have been in an abusive relationship with the father of their children. It is designed to support them through their break up and helps them to start again and rebuild their lives, offering practical and emotional support.
SMART Recovery - SMART Recovery is an organisation that helps people recover from addictive behaviour and lead meaningful and satisfying lives. Their approach is secular and science based; using motivational, behavioural and cognitive methods, they run a network of self-help meetings and also partner with care professionals.
The Wales drug and alcohol helpline - DAN
- 0800 633 55 88
Hello Sunday Morning
is an opportunity for anyone who is ready to take a break from the drinking culture and find out what life is like without a hangover. Check it out at hellosundaymorning.org
DAWN Drug and Alcohol Withdrawal Network - provides assessment and assistance to those people wanting to withdraw from alcohol in the comfort of their own home (free service) with referral to SMART recovery and other counselling after withdrawal. Tel: 08 9382 6049.
DAYS Drug & Alcohol Youth Service Tel: 92226300
Next Step Specialist Drug & Alcohol Service Tel: 9219 1919
National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence
Provides information on counseling and treatment services for alcohol or drug abuse. Prevention, education programs and newsletter.
Voice: 1-800-622-2255 (24 hr.)
National Association for Children of Alcoholics
Advocates for children and families affected by alcoholism
and other drug dependencies. Helps children hurt by parental alcohol and drug abuse. Newsletter, advocacy, policy making, literature, videos and educational materials.
Voice: 1-888-554-2627 (Mon.-Fri., 8:30am-5pm EST)
SAMHSA (Substance Abuse MH Services Administration)
Information on alcohol, tobacco, drug abuse and prevention. Referrals to treatment centers, research, groups, drugs
in the work place, community programs, AIDS
1 Choke Cherry Road
Rockvile, MD 20857
Voice: 1-877-726-4727 (BILINGUAL)
Women For Sobriety
A non-profit organization dedicated to helping women overcome alcoholism and other addictions. It is, in fact, the first national self-help program for women alcoholics.
Alcohol Harms - thank you to Public Health England for supplying Soberistas with the following information.
- In 2013/14, alcohol consumption caused over 1 million admissions to hospital including 330 thousand admissions that were entirely due to alcohol use. This is estimated to cost the NHS £3.5 billion annually.
- Alcohol has been identified as a causal factor in more than 60 medical conditions, including mouth, throat, stomach, liver and breast cancers; cirrhosis of the liver; high blood pressure; and depression. The health harms of alcohol are generally ‘dose-dependent’, that is the risk of harm increases with the amount drunk.
- Hypertension (sustained high blood pressure) substantially increases the chance of stroke, heart disease, vascular dementia and chronic kidney disease. Blood pressure rises, in some cases to dangerous levels, when large amounts of alcohol are consumed – particularly when binge drinking.
- There are over 10 million people in England drinking alcohol at increasingly harmful levels putting them at risk of conditions such as cancer.
- Women who drink are 20% more likely to get breast cancer than those who don’t.
- Alcohol is the leading risk factor for deaths among men and women aged 15-49 years in the UK.
Benefits to cutting down
- Improved mood
- Improved relationships
- More time for hobbies and interests
- Reduced risks of drink-driving
- Save money
- Sleep better
- More energy
- Lose weight
- Reduced risk of injury
- Improved memory
- Better physical shape
- Reduced risk of high blood pressure
- Reduced risk of cancer
- Reduced risks of liver disease
- Reduced risks of brain damage
What is the medical advice for lower risk drinking?
No-one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe, but by sticking within these guidelines, you can lower your risk of harming your health if you drink most weeks:
· Men and women are advised not to regularly drink more than 14 units a week.
· Spread your drinking over three days or more if you drink as much as 14 units a week.
If you want to cut down how much you’re drinking, a good way to help achieve this is to have several drink-free days each week.