During the Covid pandemic, alcohol intake has risen dramatically as people have been turning to it as a way to relieve stress and anxiety during lockdown.
A survey conducted by Alcohol Change UK showed that more than a quarter (28%) of people who have ever drunk alcohol think they have been drinking more during the pandemic.
Below are details of where you can go to get support and advice to cut down:
Turning Point offer local support to anyone affected by alcohol. They have a wide range of support and treatments available.
Positive Steps are a local charitable trust that deliver a range of services for families and people of all ages.
Alcohol Change provides useful information on recognising if you’re drinking too much, understanding units and alcohol withdrawals.
They also have a quick quiz to see if you’re drinking too much and a free app to keep track on your drinking.
Drinkaware have some interesting facts about how drinking alcohol affects your brain and your mood and impacts your mental health
- Drinkaware – website
Ocean Recovery have an extensive programme of therapy and treatments for alcohol rehab.
- Ocean Recovery Centre and Free Drug and Alcohol website
- Phone: 01253 847553, text HELP to 83222 or
- email email@example.com.
SMART offer free support to help people recover from all types of addictive behaviours.
Drinkline – a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's.
- Phone: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)
Alcoholics Anonymous whose helpline is open 24/7 on
- Phone: 0800 9177 650. If you would prefer, you can also
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org or live chat via their website.
- Alcoholics Anonymous - website
Al-Anon offers support and understanding to the families and friends of dependent drinkers.
- Al-Anon - website
- You can call their confidential helpline
- Phone: 0800 0086 811 (open 10am-10pm).
Nacoa – support anyone affected by their parent(s) drinking, including adults. For more information
- Phone: 0800 358 3456 or
- email email@example.com.
The Samaritans can offer urgent support, and are available 24/7- please contact:
- Phone: 116 123 or
- email: firstname.lastname@example.org.