If you drink at high levels, it may be dangerous to reduce or quit alcohol without speaking to your doctor first. A doctor can review your individual situation and help advise on the best way forward. There are also a range of support services available online, over the phone, and face-to-face.
You can find a local GP at healthdirect.gov.au or by calling 1800 022 222.
There are also a range of support services available online, over the phone, and face-to-face. Have a look at some suggested services below. You can also download this list as a PDF.
The National Alcohol and Other Drug Hotline offers free and confidential advice about alcohol and other drugs.
1800 250 015
Hello Sunday Morning is an organisation committed to supporting people who have made the decision to abstain, take a break or simply review their alcohol consumption. Their Daybreak app provides free support and connects a community of people. They also provide one-on-one counselling with professional health coaches, and all registration costs are subsidised by the Australian Government.
1300 403 196
Sober in the country is a national rural grassroots Australian charity, who are working to deliver national alcohol awareness via real talk. Through Bush Tribe, they provide a peer support space where bush people can yarn with other bush people to reduce drinking and access an accepting space to chat with like-minded people.
Through a free group program addressing addiction to alcohol, Smart Recovery Australia empowers people to help themselves and each other manage problematic behaviour for the improvement of the health and social wellbeing of the community. Guided by trained peers and professionals, participants use a variety of cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) and motivational tools and techniques.
AA is an informal society of more than 2 million recovering alcoholics who provide each other with strength and hope so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.
1300 222 222
Turning Point provides a wide range of clinical care and support for people and families affected by addiction, including those seeking help for the first time, as well as empowering clinicians to respond effectively. Services include 24/7 online counselling to people adversely affected by alcohol, other drugs, and gambling.
1800 888 236
The Alcohol and Drug Foundation provides information on minimising alcohol and other drug harm. Their Path2Help tool can help you find support and information tailored to your specific needs.
1300 85 85 84
Family drug support provides up to date information on all aspects of alcohol and drug use to the families of alcohol and other drug users. They provide a 24-hour, 7 day a week helpline to support people who are worried about the alcohol and drug use of their family and loved ones.
1300 368 186
Al-Anon helps families and friends of alcoholics recover from the effects of living with someone whose drinking is a problem. The provide a range of services offering hope and recovery to people affected by the alcoholism of a relative or friend.
1300 252 666
The Supporting Family Conversations website has been designed to meet parents’ and schools’ information needs, and to support communication between parents and their adolescent children about alcohol and cybersafety.
Supporting parents on the journey from pregnancy to preschool. Speak to a maternal child health nurse for personal advice and guidance and discover all about pregnancy, birth, being a parent and raising a child.
1800 882 436
As the peak national body, NOFASD promotes the prevention, diagnosis, early intervention and management of FASD. NOFASD operates the FASD helpline providing support and resources to individuals, families, pregnant women and service providers across Australia.
1800 860 613
A repository of evidence-based Australian information on pregnancy, alcohol and FASD.
Australia’s peak breastfeeding information and support service. Available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
1800 686 268
Feed Safe was developed to assist women in making the best decisions about alcohol and breastfeeding, by providing information based on the most current research and the official guidelines of the NHMRC.
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