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If you're worried that you're drinking too much, there's support available. Find out about your options.

Check your drinking

If you are worried about your drinking or even just curious, take our drinking quiz to see if it's likely to be affecting your health.

You'll be asked a few simple questions about your drinking habits, like how often you drink and how many units you consume in an average week.

Lots of us drink more than we realise. Check how healthy your drinking is with this quick quiz.

Take the quiz

If your score is 15 or more, you may wish to discuss it with your GP or your local alcohol service, as you could benefit from cutting back. If your score is 20 or more, you are at risk of alcohol dependence and we would strongly advise you to speak to your GP or local alcohol service as soon as possible, to find out about your options for reducing your drinking.

Finding support

Wherever you live, there will be a service in your area which supports people with alcohol problems. You can access these services in a few key ways:

  • Your GP is your first port of call for alcohol problems. They will be able to provide confidential advice and refer you for extra support.
  • Check on your local authority website to see how you can access your local provider.
  • There are a number of NHS services directories you can use to find support and treatment services near you:

Not sure what alcohol treatment services are or what's for you?

Find out more about alcohol services

Support online or over the phone

You can also find support remotely:

  • Drinkline, a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)
  • If you live in Wales, you can contact the DAN 24/7 alcohol and drug any time of the day or night. Freephone: 0808 808 2234, or text DAN to: 81066.
  • Alcoholics Anonymous, whose helpline is open 24/7 on 0800 9177 650. If you would prefer, you can also email them at help@aamail.org or live chat via their website at www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk.
  • You can join a SMART Recovery meeting online here.
  • Al-Anon which offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers. You can call their confidential helpline on 020 7403 0888 (open 10am-10pm). There are lots more resources for families and friends here.