Substance misuse and gambling

Recent events have put a lot of pressure on people working in health and social care.  ​At challenging times like these, habits can form, or get out of hand. This can lead to long term, complex problems for the person involved, their friends, family, finances, work and physical and mental health.​

If you or loved ones are struggling with alcohol, drugs or gambling as a coping method, here's where to get help. ​​


  • The NHS alcohol support page has signs to look out for and resources ​
  • Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you're worried about your own or someone else's drinking, call them free and in confidence
    Call: 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm)
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is a free self-help group. Its "12 step" programme involves getting sober with the help of regular support groups​
  • Al-Anon Family Groups offers support and understanding to the families and friends of problem drinkers, whether they're still drinking or not
  • National Association for Children of Alcoholics (Nacoa) provides a free, confidential helpline for children of alcohol-dependent parents and others concerned about them. Call 0800 358 3456 for Nacoa helpline


  • The NHS drug addiction page has signs to look out for and a range of resources ​
  • Frank is a helpline for anyone concerned about drug or solvent misuse, drug misusers or their families, friends, carers
    Call: 0300 123 6600 (24Hr), SMS: 82111​
  • Adfam is a national charity working with families affected by drugs and alcohol. Adfam operates an online message board and a database of local support groups


  • The NHS gambling addiction page has signs to look out for and a range of resources ​
  • Gamblers Anonymous has groups who share experiences to solve common problems, a forum, chat room, literature, a meeting finder (meetings every day across England and Wales).
    Call: 0330 094 0322​
  • GamCare is a charity to help problem gamblers and their families and friends. They run the National Gambling Helpline (free and confidential), 24 hours a day offering treatment (online and over the phone for now), as well as a moderated Forum and daily chatrooms.​
  • Call: 0808 8020 133