Alcohol and Mental Health

In times of stress, we may find ourselves drinking more often, or more heavily. For this reason Alcohol Change UK has developed a Coronavirus Information and Advice Hub. This includes tips to help us manage our drinking, links to support, and guidance for professionals.

Alcohol and mental health are closely linked. Overuse of alcohol can lead to anxiety and low mood, it can also make the symptoms of other mental health problems worse. There are positive steps we can take however, as cutting down on alcohol, or taking a break from drinking can improve our mental health.

Below we’ve brought together details of resources and support services, relating to alcohol and mental health. You might find these useful if:

  • you’re keen to look after your mental and physical health
  • you want to understand how to keep the risks from alcohol low
  • you’ve been drinking more than usual and want to cut down
  • you’re worried about someone else’s drinking
  • you’re struggling with your own drinking and need support 

If you are worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, it’s important to seek advice and support. You might want to talk to your GP, or you could go directly to an alcohol support service, such as one of the services listed below. 

If you need help right now, click I need urgent help.


Support services and resources

Al-Anon

Alcoholics Anonymous

Alcohol Change UK

Change, Grow, Live, Pathways to Recovery  Localservice2

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Footsteps for Families Localservice2

Mind

The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACA)

The NHS website

Rethink Mental Illness

Royal College of Psychiatrists


Alcohol Apps

Try Dry: The Dry January app

ORCHA


Mental wellbeing

Looking after your mental wellbeing
Two other areas of this site have information about simple things you can do to build your resilience and feel more positive. These are outlined below:

The COVID-19 and mental wellbeing page includes tips for coping with the restrictions and stresses that COVID has brought.

The general mental wellbeing section includes evidence-based resources to help you look after your mental wellbeing. To find this information, click here then scroll down to the heading “Looking after our mental wellbeing”