Problem drinking

Recognise the signs

Drinking is often part of everyday life and enjoyed by many. However, it’s not always easy to recognise when moderate, social drinking or lower risk drinking becomes problem drinking.

People start drinking for many different reasons such as:

  • to ‘fit in’ with other people
  • to help them cope with difficulties in their life
  • to avoid feeling down or bad about themselves

Drinking too much alcohol can cause serious health problems including:

  • heart disease
  • stroke
  • liver disease
  • cancer

It can also negatively affect other areas of life too, such as your:

  • family
  • work
  • finances
  • relationships

It’s important to recognise the warning signs and take the first step and ask for support. You may need help if:

  • you often feel the need to have an alcoholic drink
  • you get into trouble because of your drinking
  • other people warn you about how much you're drinking
  • you think your drinking is causing problems

We know how difficult it can sometimes be to ask for help, but you do not have to cope alone. Our Alcohol and Drug Services can offer you the help that you need.

It’s important to remember that there are plenty of options available to you, whether you want to cut down on your drinking or give up completely.