CUTTING DOWN – TIPS TO STAY ON TRACK
Support and advice to cut down or stop
If your drinking is at the increasing or high risk level we'd advise you to cut down - you may want to explore the following options below:
1. Contact a local alcohol treatment and support service
One Recovery Bucks offers advice and information to support you to reduce the harm caused by alcohol misuse. They offer a range of support aimed at reducing harm and improving your health. The service is free and confidential to residents of Buckinghamshire aged 18 and over affected by their own or someone else’s alcohol use. You can contact them on:
One Recovery Bucks
0300 772 9672
2. Use our tips and tricks to cut down
Have a look at our articles on Ways to Cut Down and Go Slow and sign up to Drink Checker's confidential Drink Diary to set yourself lower drinking goals - you can keep track of your drinking, see how much you save each week and receive regular tips by text.
We can also recommend Down Your Drink - an online self-help programme developed by Doctors at University College London.
3. Get support from a self-help group
Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free self-help group. Its "12-step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups.
Smart Recovery UK is also a network of free self-help groups. It believes change comes about through motivation, behavior change and self-learning.
Al-Anon Family Groups offer support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not.
4. Get advice from Drinkline
This is the national Telephone Helpline for anyone concerned about their drinking - Tel. 0800 917 8282 - with information and help to callers worried about their own drinking, as well as advice and support to family and friends
5. Further information online
Change for Life
Information on a healthier relationship to drinking from Change 4 Life - an excellent website from the Department of Health on keeping yourself healthy
NHS Information on alcohol
Detailed advice on alcohol and health from NHS Live Well
The Drinkaware website aims to increase awareness and understanding of the role of alcohol in society, enabling individuals to make informed choices about their drinking