Alcohol advice during Covid-19

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Coping during the pandemic

This is a stressful time and in times of stress we can find ourselves drinking more often or more heavily. On top of that, many of our routines will have changed, which might make it hard to keep on top of how much we’re drinking.

If you think that you are drinking too much, there are lots of options to support you to take back control.


DrinkCoach is an online service to help anyone (18+) drinking a bit too much, a bit too often.  It includes:

  • a quick and confidential online test to check whether your drinking is risky
  • tips for cutting down
  • a free app to help you to track and change your drinking
  • free one-to-one sessions with a Drink Coach, via Skype.

For more information visit the DrinkCoach website.

Wellbeing Service

Our Alcohol Wellbeing Advisors are available in Chichester, Crawley, Horsham and Mid Sussex.  They provide one-to-one support to help you cut down or stop drinking.  Currently this service is being offered by telephone, video calling and text.  Contact your local Wellbeing Hub to make an appointment.

Visit the alcohol pages on this website for more information, including the support available and the support for anyone affected by someone else's drinking.

West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network (DAWN)

The West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network offers specialist support to anyone, of any age, looking to reduce or stop their drinking or use of drugs.

Young people aged up to 24 years can contact the services via:

Text: 07779339954 (text and someone will ring you back)
Phone: 0300 303 8677 or email

Adults over 25 can contact services via:

Phone: 0300 303 8677 or email

Visit the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network website for more information about local services.

If you are alcohol dependent, see the latest Government advice on stopping drinking.  Useful strategies for cutting down or stopping drinking in a safe way can be found on the Change Grow Live website.

Useful websites

Alcohol Change UK  has some useful information and alcohol advice during the coronavirus outbreak - including tips for managing your drinking, links to support you can access even while self-isolating, and guidance for professionals.

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