Think you might be drinking too much?
If you think you have a problem with drinking or you would just like help to cut-down and manage your intake sensibly, then there is help readily available. Drinkcoach.org.uk is an online tool you can use to track and change your drinking. It provides a free, quick and confidential test – to help you to see how risky your drinking is. There is also support for you if you need it via online coaching and a Drinkcoach app. The app has features such as a hangover diary, drink tracker, “sober self reminders” etc.
The website (drinkcoach.org) partners well with online coaching, where you can contact trained and experienced alcohol workers via online appointments by means of Skype. The sessions are a professional, convenient and confidential way to discuss your drinking and receive expert guidance. Bookings can be made at a time that suits you, including evenings and weekends.
Of course there are other ways to get help too. alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk (AA) not only provides support via meetings but there are also a free helpline, an anonymous chat and an email address to get in contact if you are worried that alcohol is controlling you.
AA meetings take two forms either open or closed. Open meetings are open to alcoholics and non alcoholics e.g. family, friends and anyone interested. Closed meetings on the other hand are intended for alcoholics and for those with an alcohol problem who have a desire to
stop drinking. There are also online meetings which maybe open or closed.
Locally, here in Bristol if you need help for drug and alcohol addiction, then support is at hand from Rehab 4 Addiction who run a helpline to guide you through this process.
Problems with alcohol can hit anyone in any walk of life at any point of your life. Here’s George’s story, available with others on the AA website.
Maybe it resonates with you?
Read George’s Story
A person with a drinking problem will often try to hide their alcoholism.
If you are concerned about someone’s drinking, find out the common signs and symptoms of a functioning alcoholic by reading this helpful blog from the priory group.
This interactive guide shows how alcohol affects the body and brain.
Don’t forget the various sources of support available to you as a St Monica Trust colleague or volunteer.