Where to get help

The organisations listed can help anyone affected by alcohol with advice, counselling and support.


  • Drinkline is a national alcohol helpline. If you are worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline on 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)
  • Alcohol Focus Scotland has a list of treatment services throughout the country
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) provide free self-help groups across Scotland. Its 12-step programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. National helpline number: 0800 9177650
  • Al-Anon Family Groups offer support and understanding to families and friends of people who are dependent on alcohol. Alateen is part of Al-Anon and can be attended by 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person's drinking, usually a parent. Helpline: 0800 0086 811
  • Addaction is a UK-wide agency that helps individuals, families and communities to manage the effects of drug and alcohol. They provide free, confidential information and advice and a webchat service.
  • Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol & Drugs supports families across Scotland affected by alcohol or drugs and raises awareness of the issues affecting them. Many support services including a helpline, support groups, bereavement support and Telehealth service - helpline 08080 101011. Available 9am-11pm Monday to Friday and as a call back service on weekends
  • Scottish Recovery Consortium are recovery-orientated and exist to support, represent and advocate recovery from problematic substance use in Scotland