What to do if you are concerned about your drinking?Have you ever thought, ‘I have been hitting it a bit hard lately’ or had regrets about your behaviour or consequences of the night before? Remember, it is never too late to start changing your habits. Just take some time and think about what is important to you and how you can make a change in the future.
You may also like to talk to a good friend or family member about your experience and seek their advice.
Professional advice is also available. A good place to start is with your doctor or your local drug and alcohol service.
Helpful contactsDrug and Alcohol Services
ACT Drug and Alcohol Services
NSW Drug and Alcohol Services
NT Drug and Alcohol Services
QLD Drug and Alcohol Services
SA Drug and Alcohol Services
TAS Drug and Alcohol Services
VIC Drug and Alcohol Services
WA Drug and Alcohol Services
Alcohol and Drug Information ServicesACT (02) 6207 9977
(02) 9361 8000 (Sydney)
1800 422 599 (NSW country)
(08) 8922 8399 (Darwin)
(08) 8951 7580 (Central Australia)
1800 131 350 (Territory wide)
QLD 1800 177 833
SA 1300 131 340
TAS 1800 811 994
VIC 1800 888 236
(08) 9442 5000 (Perth)
1800 198 024 (WA country)
Parenting helplinesACT (02) 6287 3833 (9am-9pm Monday to Friday)
NSW 1300 130 052 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
NT 1300 301 300 (8am - 10pm, 7 days a week)
QLD 1300 301 300 (8am-10pm, 7 days a week)
SA 1300 364 100 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
TAS 1300 808 178 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
VIC 13 22 89 (8am-midnight, 7 days a week)
WA 08 6279 1200 or 1800 654 432 (free call) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
Kids helpline 1800 551 800(24 hours a day, 7 days a week)You are not alone and there are a range of dedicated people who care about you and want to help. (Ages 5 to 25 years)
Researchers at the University of Melbourne and Turning Point Alcohol and Drug Centre have developed an online resource to help parents more confidently manage the issue of alcohol use with their adolescents.
The Department of Veterans' Affairs website has a wide array of interactive online resources that let you keep track of the number and types of drinks you consume; the amount of money it's costing you and lets you know about the impact the alcohol has on your wellbeing and fitness levels.
Are you concerned about someone else’s drinking?Do you have a friend or family member whose drinking is starting to concern you? It is not an easy thing to talk about, but here are a few tips that may help you raise your concerns.
- Talk to the person when they are in a calm state, not when they are intoxicated, away from distractions.
- Stress the fact that you are only raising the subject about their drinking because you care about them.
- Don’t be surprised or alarmed if the person becomes defensive. Try to roll with their resistance and listen to their concerns.
- People may list a lot of reasons for their drinking or justify their drinking with lines such as ‘I don’t drink any more than my mates’ or ‘what is it to you’?
- Stress the point that it is hard for you to raise the topic but you are concerned for them. You may like to raise a real life example of why you are concerned (e.g. going DUI, being in an accident, injuring themselves and ruining their reputation).
- Have a list of options available for the person to choose from. This may take a bit of preparation on your behalf before you talk to them. Even if they are not willing to discuss anything at the moment, you can give them some useful information or a number they can ring if they change their mind.
- Finish by highlighting the fact that you are there for them and happy to support.
- If the person is open to suggestions, you may like to suggest some activities that you can enjoy together that do not involve alcohol.