Who is Drinkline for?
Drinkline is an advice and information line for anyone who wants more information about alcohol, local services that can help or simply to talk about drinking and alcohol issues.
What will happen when I call?
When you call Drinkline, you will get straight through to an advisor. Drinkline's trained and experienced advisors are ready to listen and they understand the kinds of problems people often have with alcohol. There is no pressure and you can say as much or as little as you like.
Do I need to give my name?
No. Even if you do, anything you say to your advisor will be kept in the strictest confidence.
Can I call about someone else's drinking?
Yes. Excessive drinking affects the families, friends and work colleagues of those who drink too much. Drinkline exists to help these people too.
What if I want to talk to someone face to face?
Drinkline advisors have details of every service and voluntary agency in Scotland that can support people to address their drinking and those who are close to them. Ask about local services and they'll try to find one near you.
Isn’t it just for alcoholics?
Not at all. All kinds of people call Drinkline. Many people call because they are worried about someone else's drinking. Others don't have drink 'problem' as such, but want advice on healthier drinking.
What if I think I am an alcoholic?
Talk through your drinking with a Drinkline advisor. They will help you figure out what you should do next and give you details of local services that can help. Advice on how to cut down Drinkline advisors can help you figure out the best way of cutting down to sensible levels. They can also advise you on how to avoid unwanted drinks and still have fun on a night out.
Leaflets and other information
Drinkline has a range of helpful leaflets and guides they can send to you through the post – free of charge.