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

There are lots of different types of support, finding the right one is an individual choice and what works for some people, will not always work for others.

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.

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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.

Withdrawal symptoms information


People who are clinically alcohol dependent can die if they suddenly, completely stop drinking.

If you experience fits, shaking hands, sweating, seeing things that are not real, depression, anxiety, or difficulty sleeping after a period of drinking and while sobering up, then you may be clinically alcohol dependent and should NOT suddenly, completely stop drinking.

But you can still take control of your drinking. Talk to a GP or your local community alcohol service who will be able to get help for you to reduce your drinking safely.

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 [email protected] or live chat via their website at
  • You can join a SMART Recovery meeting online here. SMART holds both face-to-face and online meetings which support people in managing harmful addictive behaviour. The SMART Recovery Programme helps individuals and family members of those who are struggling. They also have women's only meetings and those specifically for members of the LGBTQ+ community.
  • Al-Anon which offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers. You can call their confidential helpline on 0800 0086 811 (open 10am-10pm). There are lots more resources for families and friends here.
  • Nacoa support anyone affected by their parent(s) drinking, including adults. Here are some of the questions that children often ask about alcohol and the effects on them and their family. For more information, visit, call 0800 358 3456 or email [email protected]. You can also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

If you are looking for urgent support please contact the Samaritans, who are available 24/7 on 116 123 or [email protected].

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