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Find the right moment

If you're worried about a loved one's drinking, finding the right moment to have a meaningful conversation can make all the difference.

That's why we're launching our new 'Find the Right Moment' campaign. We want to encourage open, positive conversations about drinking behaviour, and help people 'find the right moment' to have that initial conversation with any loved ones they're worried about.

Struggling to find the right moment? Our team is online to offer you free, confidential advice.

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Have a conversation with a loved one about their alcohol use

If you're worried about a loved one's drinking, it can be hard to know what to say or do. Read our advice on how you can prepare and have that meaningful conversation.

Talking about a loved one's drinking

How to have better conversations

How to look after yourself

For a long time I struggled in silence, but the truth is, it’s so hard to address the issue on your own. For me and many others I know, those initial conversations with family and friends are what spurred us on to seek longer-lasting support. They give people the foundation and the confidence to reach out for help, to know you don’t have to do it alone.

– Karen accessed support for her drinking at our service in Wigan

Why we're running this campaign

Our new research has found that, as the Coronavirus restrictions ease and pubs re-open, one in four people in the UK are concerned about the impact of lockdown easing on their drinking habits. We also found that, as restrictions ease, 1 in 10 (5.6 million people) are worried about the drinking habits of a partner, friend or family member.


people in the UK are worried about a loved one's drinking

Unfortunately many people remain reluctant to talk about their drinking or reach out for support. One in four said that, if they had a drinking problem, they would feel embarrassed to ask for support and only a third would feel comfortable starting a conversation with a partner, family member or friend if they had concerns about that person’s drinking.

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Support for other issues

  • Samaritans provide emotional support to anyone in emotional distress or struggling to cope 24 hours a day - ring 116 123
  • Refuge provide 24 hour support for domestic abuse issues - ring 0808 2000 247