COVID-19: Alcohol and drug use

Tips to cut down on your alcohol use

If you drink alcohol at home it can be easier than you think to drink more that the recommended amount. Making small changes to reduce the amount you drink can have big health benefits including maintaining a healthier weight, helping you to sleep better and helping to support better mental health.

The NHS ‘One You’ website has lots of information to help you cut back on alcohol use. Find out more here: https://www.nhs.uk/oneyou/for-your-body/drink-less/

Where to seek help for drug or alcohol use

If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s use of alcohol or drugs, there are lots of ways to access help despite the restrictions in place in response to the coronavirus.

The Somerset Drugs and Alcohol Service (SDAS) has a useful website which provides advice and information about who to contact for help with addressing problems associated with drugs and alcohol. This service is aimed at people of any age. Find out more here: https://www.turning-point.co.uk/sdas or by telephone on 0300 303 87 88, which is open for calls 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.

SDAS have also produced guidance related to Covid-19 for those who are currently using their services. This includes information about how to avoid infection, information about using drugs more safely, as well as reducing drinking safely when drinking dependently.Find out more here.

Mutual aid resources such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous have been able to switch many of their groups online. Find out more about their resources at the following links:

Alcohol – know your units

Some information from the ‘One You’ website below to help you better understand alcohol units. To find out more head to the One You ‘Know Your Units’ webpage.