Managing the Risks of Drugs and Alcohol

Need help?

If you are concerned that you are dependent, or are becoming dependent, on drugs or alcohol, there are people and organisations that can help you. The sooner you seek help, the easier it will be to recover. It can be difficult to make the decision to seek help, but it’s an important step in the recovery process. With the right help and support, it’s possible to get drug and alcohol free and stay that way. 


Specialist Support Organisations

Check your drinking

Your GP can discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment. You may be offered treatment at the practice or be referred to your local drug or alcohol service.

Adfam National

An organisation that works with and on behalf of families affected by drug and alcohol problems. Helpful for the family of the alcohol or drug user.


Al-Anon Family Groups UK & Eire provide support for anyone whose life is or has been affected by someone else’s drinking.

Alcoholics Anonymous

The largest self-help group for people who acknowledge they cannot handle alcohol and want a new way of life without it. Services are free. 

Helpline: 0800 917 7650

Alcohol Change UK

Leading UK alcohol charity formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK. Work for a society that is free from the harm caused by alcohol.

Cocaine Anonymous

National self-help group specifically for cocaine users. Helpline: 0800 612 0225, open 10:00am to 10:00pm, 7 days


UK charity for alcohol education offers guidance and support to manage drinking habits. Provides free, confidential advice through DrinkChat and Drinkline (0300 123 1110).


Mental health charity with helplines staffed by trained listeners. Non-judgmental support to understand feelings. Samaritans: 116 123, SANEline: 0300 304 7000.

Narcotics Anonymous

The largest self-help group for people who want to stop using drugs. Services are free. Includes details of local groups. Helpline: 0300 999 1212

Talk to FRANK

A government-funded free service offering information and sources of support. The website provides detailed information on drugs that the non-specialist can understand. Helpline: 0300 123 6600