Be Alcohol Aware

Help me with my drinking

1. Live Well

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Many of us enjoy a drink, but what sort of relationship do you have with alcohol? How much is too much?

Reducing your alcohol intake will reduce your risk of high blood pressure, cancer and dementia. Not only that, but you’ll notice differences on the outside as well as the inside, with improvements to your appearance too!

If you’re ready to cut down, then Live Well - our FREE 12-week programme designed to help Croydon residents improve their health and wellbeing – can help!

Our advisors are specially trained in helping people to tackle unhealthy habits, which could be having a negative impact on their daily life or affecting relationships with family and friends. If you have struggled in making these changes in the past, our Live Well programme can help you to succeed - this time for good.

 

Over 12-weeks, our advisers will:

- Help you to take a fresh look at your drinking and set goals

- Provide telephone or video call support to boost your chances of success

 

For more information on our Live Well service click here.

Or, find out if you are eligible by completing the JustBe Health Checker

2. Where can I access local support?

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If you are dependent on alcohol, or feel you could benefit from some local support, there are a number of options open to you:

Visit your GP for advice 

Take the Don't Bottle it Up Alcohol Test 

Call Croydon's drug and alcohol treatment service, Turning Point on 0300 123 9288 to speak to somebody who can help. Turning Point's Recovery Network offers support to individuals when and where they need it most. The service is free and offers individualised care to support you on your recovery journey, including group work, 1:1’s, online support, medical interventions, support for family and friends, partnership services to help with issues around housing and employment, and alternative therapies.

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If you are drinking heavily and are also experiencing low mood, call Croydon's psychological therapies service on 020 3228 4040. 

Drinkline runs a free, confidential helpline for people who are concerned about their drinking, or someone else's. 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.

Helpline: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am–8pm, weekends 11am–4pm)

3. Where can I find out more on how to cut down?

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If you want to find out more information on how to cut down on how much alcohol you're drinking, visit the Don't Bottle It Up website for more tips and advice, as well as a programme to help you achieve a healthier lifestyle. 

4. What can I do to cut down?

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Check out our list of tips and facts to help you cut down on how much you're drinking. We have also collected some apps that you might find helpful. These will help you keep count of how many drinks and units you're consuming, as well as how many hours you should wait until you drive. Our videos also help to inform you on what's in your drink and how it can affect different aspects of your day to day life.