If you, or someone you know, have been affected by the alcohol issues raised in Look North, the following organisations can help:


Drinkline is the National Alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, you can call the free helpline 0800 917 8282, in complete confidence, 24 hours a day. They can put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and advice.


Drinkaware provides consumers with information to make informed decisions about the effects of alcohol on their lives and lifestyles. The charity aims to reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm in the UK. Their public education programmes, grants, expert information, and resources help create awareness and effect positive change. An independent charity established in 2007, Drinkaware works alongside the medical profession, the alcohol industry and government to achieve its goals.

For further information visit the Drinkaware site.


Addaction is one of the UK's leading drug and alcohol treatment charities. It has services throughout England and Scotland that help people (and their families) recover from addiction and substance misuse problems. The charity has services for both adults and young people.

The Addaction website allows you to search for a service that best fits your needs in a location near you.

Addaction service finder

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics is a charity that supports the needs of children growing up in families where one or both parents suffer from alcoholism or a similar addictive problem. If you are a child of an alcoholic and would like talk to someone about your problems, call the helpline or get in touch by email.

Helpline: 0800 358 3456

Email: mailto:helpline@Nacoa.org.uk

Visit the National Association for Children of Alcoholics site


Al-Anon is a world-wide charity which offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. Alateen, a part of Al-Anon is for young people aged 12 - 17 who have been affected by someone else’s drinking, usually that of a parent.

National helpline: 020 7403 0888

Visit the Al-Anon site

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.

Phone: 0845 769 7555

Visit the Alcoholics Anonymous site


thesite.org is an online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. They provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.

Information about alcohol use and abuse from thesite.org 


Adfam works to improve the quality of life for families affected by drug and alcohol use. They provide a range of support options especially for the families of drug and alcohol users, including local support group across the UK.

General enquiries: 020 7553 7640 (please note, Adfam does not operate a helpline)

Visit the Adfam site