16 Sep 2020
Tom Sandford


Are you worried that you or someone you know or care about is drinking too much alcohol?

Drinking too much alcohol may be used as a coping mechanism for some nurses who are stressed or over worked.

However, if left untreated, this can then lead to a variety of disorders, health issues, reduce your effectiveness at work and affect your relationship with family and friends.

This section highlights organisations who can offer help, support and advice to people who feel they are drinking too much. It also includes organisations who can offer a free confidential helpline.


Alcoholics Anonymous

What is it?

If you seem to be having trouble with your drinking, or if your drinking has reached the point of where it worries you, you may be interested to know something about Alcoholics Anonymous and the AA programme of recovery from alcoholism. Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for AA membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions.

Type of resource

Information, support and a national helpline

Visit Alcoholics Anonymous

Drinkline: free confidential helpline

What is it?

The purpose of the Drinkline service is to offer free, confidential, accurate and consistent information and advice to callers who are concerned about their own or someone else’s drinking regardless of the caller’s age, gender, sexuality, ethnicity or spirituality.

Drinkline offers the following services:

  • Information and self-help materials
  • Help to callers worried about their own drinking
  • Support to the family and friends of people who are drinking
  • Signposting and where to find help

Type of resource

Free helpline

Find Drinkline’s contact info

drinkaware: Tools & advice

What is it?

We have a range of tools that can help you reduce how much you’re drinking, change your relationship with alcohol and improve your health.

We can help you learn about the impact of alcohol on you, your family or friends. Here we’ll support you with the advice and information you need.

Learn how alcohol consumption can impact you or someone else. All of our information is medically verified by an independent panel of medical experts.

Type of resource

Alcohol support services

Visit drinkaware’s website

NHS: Alcohol support

What is it?

NHS provides alcohol facts, advice and links to other organisations for further support.

Type of resource


Visit NHS’ website

Information NOW: About alcohol & links to support

What is it?

This article provides information and advice about how alcohol affects you and how you can make a change.

Whether you are drinking to socialise, cope with difficult times or just to relax, you may not realise how much you are drinking and the damage it could cause. A small change can make a lasting difference to your health.

Type of resource

Article & links to support

Visit Information NOW’s website

Alcohol Change UK

What is it?

Alcohol Change UK is a leading UK alcohol charity, formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK.

We work for a society that is free from the harm caused by alcohol. We are not anti-alcohol; we are for alcohol change. We are for a future in which people drink as a conscious choice, not a default; where the issues which lead to alcohol problems – like poverty, mental health issues, homelessness – are addressed; where those of us who drink too much, and our loved ones, have access to high-quality support whenever we need it, without shame or stigma.

Registered charity with resources for those needing support along with resources for practitioners and researchers.

Type of resource

Online information, check your drinking tools, links to further support

Visit Alcohol Change UK’s website

Alcohol Health Network

What is it?

Alcohol Health Network was set up as a social enterprise (Community Interest Company), bringing together academics and expert practitioners in the fields of alcohol harm reduction, workforce and digital health to share expertise and understand how to promote alcohol awareness more widely via workplace health.

We work with NHS Trusts, Public Health teams and CCGs to promote alcohol awareness to staff, patients and the general public.

For NHS employees:

Type of resource

Trainings & tools

Visit Alcohol Health Network’s website