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Cutting down on drinking

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Cutting down isn't easy. But you're not alone. There are lots of ways you can start making changes now. Some ideas are:

Getting help

The following people or organisations may be able to help if you are finding it difficult to cut down on your drinking.

General practice team

If you need to find a GP, you can search on the West Coast PHO's website.

Alcohol drug helpline

You can call the Alcohol drug helpline on 0800‑787‑797 or txt 8681, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The Alcohol drug helpline website includes information on alcohol and other drugs, problem identification, cultural resources, and online screening tools. You can also call the helpline if you are worried about a friend or family member's drinking.

The alcohol drug helpline has a Māori helpline (0800-787-798) and text service (8681) to provide culturally-appropriate support to Māori.

It also has a Pasifika helpline (0800-787-799) and text service (8681) to provide culturally-appropriate support to Pacific peoples.

West Coast DHB Alcohol & Other Drug (AOD) Service

This service is for people aged 18 or older who are dependent, or probably dependent, on alcohol. To access the service you have to be referred for a comprehensive assessment. You must agree to comply with the assessment, treatment and discharge processes, including for the methadone programme. Talk to your doctor or nurse about being referred.

Addictions Help

Addictions Help allows you to search for publicly funded alcohol, drug and gambling treatment agencies in your region.

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Information provided by the Canterbury DHB. Last reviewed November 2019.


See also:

Alcohol & drug addiction

Alcohol: know the facts

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Review key: HIAAD-16539