Advice and support


If you are concerned about how much you, or someone you know, drinks, there’s lots of help out there. You can speak to your GP, find your local alcohol support service or contact:

Medical Warning

If you have physical withdrawal symptoms (shaking, sweating or feelings of anxiety until you have your first drink of the day) you should take medical advice before stopping completely – it can be dangerous to do this too quickly and without proper advice and support. Speak to your GP or call Drinkline free on 0300 123 1110 for more advice.

Here are some tips to help you cut down.

Local alcohol support services

Only 1 in 5 people with alcohol issues are accessing support services. But anyone worried about their drinking can access free and friendly local support.

Q&A with Jane Curtis from Humankind.

If I am concerned about my drinking what should I do?

Start by trying to cut down on your alcohol use. It has many benefits not only improving your health and reducing the risk of alcohol related cancers, it can vastly improve mental health as well.

What can I do to cut down?

If you are drinking at home, using measured portions can really help you to be aware of how much and how many units of alcohol you are drinking. Do you honestly know how many units of alcohol you drink?

Knowing your units helps you to stay in control of your drinking.

You can find out more information about alcohol units at here Units – Reduce My Risk

You could try and delay the time you start drinking. Breaking your habits such as times and places can make it easier.

Don’t be hard to yourself. Take your time. Drink slower of have a glass of water or a soft drink between alcoholic drinks.

Try to have at least one alcohol free day between drinking days to give your body a chance to recover from the alcohol.

If you feel your drinking is getting out of hand it is important to get support and advice from a healthcare professional before making major changes.

You can speak to your GP or you can contact your local Alcohol support service who can offer advice and support no matter how little.

Staff are trained to give safe advice and will help you to plan how you want to make changes.