Getting help

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 contacts

Drug 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 Services

ACT (02) 6207 9977

NSW
(02) 9361 8000 (Sydney)
1800 422 599 (NSW country)

NT
(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

WA
(08) 9442 5000 (Perth)
1800 198 024 (WA country)

Parenting helplines

ACT (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)

Parenting Strategies: Preventing Adolescent Alcohol Misuse

Parents can have a big influence on their adolescent child’s decisions about drinking. It’s never too early or too late to learn some strategies to help protect your child from alcohol problems.

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 Right Mix

Alcohol use is an accepted and often enjoyable part of our lives and Australian culture, and nowhere more so than in the armed services. It is used to relax, to socialise, to celebrate, to commemorate those who have made sacrifices, to mark anniversaries, and to commiserate after a loss.

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.

SayWhen

SayWhen provides information and resources to help you make decisions about your drinking, whatever those decisions might be. And if you decide you'd like to make a change, SayWhen can help you get started.

Hello Sunday Morning

Hello Sunday Morning is a free online program that helps everyday people take a break from drinking and improve their relationship with alcohol. The website offers a way for you to sign up and take a period of time from drinking, achieve some goals and get some perspective on why and how you would like to drink.

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.