Alcohol Concern is the national charity on alcohol
misuse for England and Wales, campaigning for
effective alcohol policy and improved services for people whose lives are affected by alcohol-related problems.
Change4Life is designed to help the general public in England to make healthy choices to improve their health and wellbeing. The ‘Choose less booze’ section
includes practical advice to help people to switch to a
healthier approach to alcohol. There are similar sites for Wales (Change4Life Wales at http://change4
lifewales.org.uk), Scotland (Take life on at www.takelifeon.co.uk) and Northern Ireland (Get a life, get active at www.getalifegetactive.com).
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The Alcohol Education Trust provides alcohol
education to students aged 11-18 (via schools),
their parents and teachers. There is a separate
dedicated website for parents, teachers and
11- to 16-year olds via www.talkaboutalcohol.com
Drink Aware aims to promote responsible drinking and find innovative ways to help reduce alcohol misuse and minimise alcohol-related harm. An independent, UKwidecharity, Drink Aware is funded by voluntary donations from the drinks industry.
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The Alcohol Health Alliance UK brings together organisations whose mission is to reduce the damage caused to health by alcohol misuse. Members
include medical bodies, charities and alcohol health campaigners.
FRANK is aimed at young people and their parents. The website gives the facts about drugs including alcohol, and offers practical advice and support to people worried about themselves, a friend or a child.
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Alcohol Research UK is an independent charity that continues the work of the former Alcohol and Education Research Council. The charity funds research into alcohol harm prevention, policy and culture, and works to promote evidence-based knowledge of alcohol issues among practitioners, policy makers, and the general public.
NHS Choices alcohol pages provide a wide range of information and advice for the general public. There is an alcohol unit calculator, self-assessment tools and
a drinks tracker, together with practical tips and links to other useful websites.
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The Alcoholics Anonymous ’12-step’ programme
involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups. There are over 3,000 meetings held in the UK
each week with over 40,000 members. The only
requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking.
Formerly the Alcohol Learning Centre, this website provides a ‘one-stop shop’ that collates, co-ordinates and disseminates learning across the NHS, local
authorities and the third sector. It also provides training resources to support frontline practitioners and commissioners in delivering Identification and Brief
Advice and the High Impact Changes for Alcohol.
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Al-Anon provides support for families and friends of alcoholics, whether or not the drinker is still drinking.
Alateen (www.al-anonuk.org.uk/alateen) is part of
Al-Anon and is aimed at 12- to 17-year-olds who are affected by another person’s drinking, usually a parent.
The Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) website includes a wide range of information on alcohol. The RCGP Certificate in the Management of
Alcohol Problems in Primary Care is an e-learning module and face-to-face training targeted at GPs and other healthcare professionals in primary care.
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The British Liver Trust aims to help adults with
liver disease, prevent liver disease and secure a
greater recognition of the growing burden of liver
disease in the UK. The website provides a wide
range of resources including information on
alcoholic liver disease.
The Royal College of Nursing alcohol and substance misuse community is a forum designed to meet the needs of RCN members, ranging from nurses who
specialise in the management of addiction to those who want to know a little more about this important topic.