Sources of support
- The Alcohol Test on the DrinkCoach website allows you to anonymously find out if you are drinking at harmful levels and to get advice and information about alcohol.
- The Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors (currently available in Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex are now providing telephone support (or video calling/text support) for people who feel they are drinking a bit too much, a little too often. Contact your local Wellbeing Hub to make an an appointment.
- DrinkCoach online coaching is for anyone wanting to reduce their drinking. If you are tired of hangovers, costs and the impact on your health, our alcohol specialists can help you identify and achieve your drinking goals. DrinkCoach is professional, convenient and confidential. You can access the service anywhere and at anytime it suits you: weekdays, evenings and weekends. All you need is a Skype connection. If you live and/or work in West Sussex, enter the promo code WSWELL when booking your free sessions. For more information visit the DrinkCoach website or download the DrinkCoach information leaflet (PDF, 1.00 MB - new window). This file may not be suitable for users of assistive technology.
- DAWN, the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network, provides support to people of any age, who are looking to reduce or stop their drinking.
- Alcoholics Anonymous run groups for alcohol users with regular meetings across the country. Visit their website or email to find out your nearest group. National helpline number: 0800 9177650.
- SMART Recovery is a science-based programme to help people manage their recovery from any type of addictive behaviour. This includes addictive behaviour with substances such as alcohol, nicotine or drugs, or compulsive behaviours such as gambling, sex, eating, shopping, self-harming etc. SMART stands for ‘Self Management And Recovery Training’.
- Drinkline offers confidential advice and information to people affected by their own or someone else’s drinking, including information about where to get support locally. Call 0300 123 1110 on Monday to Friday between 9am and 8pm, and at weekends between 11am and 4pm.
- The Samaritans provide confidential emotional support to any person who is suicidal or despairing. Call 116 123 for free, confidential advice 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, email them.
- Soberistas is an online community for anyone who wants help to stop drinking.
- Club Soda is a social network and provides tools to help people to change their drinking, whether that be to cut down, stop for a bit, quit or stick.
- The Sober School is a website for women trying to stop drinking or take a break from booze. There are blogs, hints and tips and courses to help people cut down or stop drinking.
Alcohol and older people
If you are an older person worried about your drinking, or a carer, friend or health professional worried about an older person's drinking, there is some useful information on the Royal Society of Psychiatrists website.