Support and advice to cut down or stop

If your drinking is at increasing or high risk level we'd advise you to cut down - you may want to explore the following options below: 

1. Speak to a counsellor 

Counselling can be particulalry helpful, even for just a one-off consultation. A counsellor can also refer you to other services if needed. We can recommend you contact:

Richmond Integrated Recovery Service

Richmond Integrated Recovery Service works with people over 18 who live in Richmond or have a GP in Richmond and want support to address their drug or alcohol use. They also support the friends, families and carers of people who use drugs or alcohol.

For information and signposting to other services to improve your health and wellbeing, go to My Time in Richmond 

Students at St Mary's University

The Wellbeing Team are here to support students on the Top Floor of J building

Email or Tel. 020 8240 4187

2. Get some advice from Drinkline 

This is the national Telephone Helpline for anyone concerned about their drinking - Tel. 0800 917 8282 - Information and self-help materials, help to callers worried about their own drinking, support to the family and friends of people who are drinking, advice to callers on where to go for help

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.


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4. Use online self-help counselling 

We can recommend Down Your Drink - an online self-help programme developed by Doctors at University College London available for anyone who wants to cut down or stop. 

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.

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