Alcohol support services

If you are concerned that you or someone you care about has a problem with alcohol there is lots of help available. Useful links are listed here.

A good place to start is talking to your GP who can refer you to local alcohol services. Alternatively you can contact one of the following organisations:


Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's.

Helpline: 0300 123 1110


A UK wide treatment agency, helping individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol misuse. 

Alcoholics Anonymous Great Britain

The British branch of this worldwide network, AA is an organisation of men and women who share their experience with each other hoping to solve their problems and help others to recover from alcoholism.


Al-Anon is worldwide and offers support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers.

Confidential Helpline 0207 40 30 888 open 10 am - 10pm or visit

Alcohol Concern

The national agency on alcohol misuse for England and Wales.

Provides general information about alcohol, and can help put you in touch with your nearest alcohol advice centre.

Call 020 7928 7377 or visit

NHS Choices

This site provides advice and information on alcohol and offers a database of support and treatment services

Alcohol support services page 


Information and advice for families of alcohol and drug users. The website has a list of local family support services.

Call 020 7553 7640 or visit 

National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA)

Information, advice and support to children of alcohol-dependent parents and people concerned with their welfare through a free and confidential telephone and email helpline. 

Helpline: 0800 358 3456 

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Scotland's national voluntary organisation. Provides information and advice on responsible drinking.

Call 0141 572 6700 or visit

Talk to Frank

National drugs awareness site for young people and parents/carers.  


Provides confidential non-judgemental emotional support, 24 hours a day for people who are experiencing feelings of distress, despair or suicide.  

You can ring the phone line on 08457 90 90 90

email (they try their hardest to get back to you within 24 hours)

or visit  

Page updated: April 2015

Page approved by: Drinkaware medical panel January 2013