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Information and Support - Addiction (alcohol, drugs and gambling)

If you, or someone you know, have been affected by addiction, the following organisations may be able to help.

Alcohol Addiction


Drinkline is a confidential helpline for those worried about their own or someone else's drinking. They can put you in touch with your local alcohol advice centre for help and support.

Phone: 0300 123 1110

NHS Information

NHS information on alcohol abuse

Visit the NHS website

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcoholics Anonymous provides opportunities to share experience, strength and hope to recover from alcoholism.

Phone: 0800 9177 650

Visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website


Inspire (Northern Ireland Association for Mental Health) provides local services to support the mental health and wellbeing of people across Northern Ireland.

Phone: 028 9032 8474

Visit the Inspire website

The Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline

The Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline is a bilingual helpline providing information or help to individuals, their families, carers, and support workers.

Phone: 0808 808 2234 (24/7)

Visit the Wales Drug And Alcohol Helpline website

We Are With You

We Are With You has services throughout England and Scotland that help adults, young people and their families recover from addiction and substance misuse problems. A webchat facility is available.

Visit the We Are With You website

Al-Anon Family Groups

Al-Anon Family Groups provide support to anyone whose life is, or has been, affected by someone else’s drinking, through regular meetings throughout the UK, where members share their own experience of living with alcoholism.

Alateen is part of Al-Anon, for teenage (12-17) relatives and friends of alcoholics.

Phone: 08000 086 811

Visit the Al-Anon website


Nacoa (The National Association for Children of Alcoholics) provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking.

Phone: 0800 358 3456

Visit the Nacoa website

Drug Addiction


FRANK provides a confidential service to anyone wanting information, advice or support about any aspect of drugs.

Phone: 0300 123 6600

Online chat facility (2-6pm weekdays)

Visit the Talk to Frank site

Know the Score

Know the Score provides confidential drugs information and advice across Scotland.

Phone: 0800 587 5879

Webchat available

Visit the Know the Score website

The following organisations provide opportunities to share experience, strength and hope to recover from addiction to mind-altering substances.

Drug Addicts Anonymous

Cocaine Anonymous

Phone: 0800 612 0225

CA Scotland: 0141 959 6363

Visit the Cocaine Anonymous website

Narcotics Anonymous UK


DrugFAM provides support to families, friends and carers who are struggling to cope with a loved one’s addiction to drugs or alcohol, including addiction related bereavement support.

Phone: 0300 888 3853

Visit the DrugFAM website

Gambling Addiction

The National Gambling Helpline

The National Gambling Helpline, operated by GamCare offers confidential support, advice and free counselling to people concerned about their gambling, or the gambling of friends or family.

Phone: 0808 8020 133

Visit the GamCare website

Information and advice for young people

Visit the Big Deal website


Gam-Anon is a fellowship of men and women who have been affected by someone else’s gambling.

Visit the Gam-Anon website

Gamblers Anonymous

Gamblers Anonymous provides a list of support meetings for promblem gamblers.

Visit the Gamblers Anonymous website (England, Wales and Northern Ireland)

Visit the Gamblers Anonymous website (Scotland)

Related Information and Support

If you have also been affected by debt, organisations listed on our Debt support page may be able to help.

You can find current information and support for issues covered by Action Line on the BBC Action Line website.