Support for people who misuse alcohol in Northern Ireland

If you have any concerns, you should first consult your GP. They will advise you on the best course of action to take.

What is alcohol misuse?

'Alcohol misuse' refers to an individual consuming more alcohol than is recommended by health professionals. This can also include a person that develops health problems because of excessive drinking, or a person that feels they need to drink in order to function properly. It is often a way of trying to cope with mental health issues such as Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, depression and anxiety.

There is no clear threshold for when recreational use becomes problematic. However, regular binging sessions, or finding it difficult to go for a day without drinking are strong indicators of a problem.

If you have any concerns, you should first consult your GP. They will advise you on the best course of action to take.

The NI Direct website offers information about alcohol misuse, and how to find support.

Help from other organisations

Combat Stress

Combat Stress is the UK's leading charity for veterans' mental health. For veterans who decide to seek help for mental health issues, it is vital that any alcohol problems are addressed before treatment. The Combat Stress Veterans' Substance Misuse Case Management Service provides support for veterans with alcohol issues. The specialist team of nurses and practitioners understand those who have served and can provide advice on how and where to get help. To find out more about this service, contact Combat Stress:

Telephone: 0800 138 1619
Email: helpline@combatstress.org.uk
Website: Combat Stress

The Officers' Association

The Officers' Association is dedicated to enhancing the lives of former officers and their families. They offer advice on addiction and may be able to help if you are struggling with alcohol misuse. For support, contact The Officers' Association using this online form.

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