If you are worried about your own or a loved one's drinking and need support, there are many services available across the country.
If you would like to speak with a doctor, the Find a GP service from the Irish College of General Practitioners (ICGP) may be useful.
Al-Anon offers understanding and support for families and friends of problem drinkers in an anonymous environment, whether the alcoholic is still drinking or not. The parents, children, wives, husbands, friends and colleagues of alcoholics could all be helped by Al-Anon and Alateen whether or not the drinker in their lives recognises that a problem exists.
T: 01 873 2699
Alateen is part of the Al-Anon fellowship and is for young people, aged 12 – 17 inclusive, who are affected by a problem drinker. For details of meetings of Alateen groups please ring the helpline on 01 873 2699.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a Twelve Step Fellowship dedicated to helping anyone suffering because of their drinking. Through mutual support, the AA aims to help its members achieve and maintain sobriety. There are no membership fees.
T: 01 842 0700
The Alcohol Forum is a registered charity that works to prevent and reduce alcohol related harms in communities. Based in the North West of Ireland and influencing across the island of Ireland the Alcohol Forum is the only Alcohol Charity in Ireland working at community level to reduce alcohol consumption levels through “the implementation of best practice/needs led/structured activity on community mobilisation and community action on alcohol
T: 074 912 5596
This site features a comprehensive directory of support services including counselling, education & training, information & support and treatment & rehabilitation services. Services can be searched by region.
This HSE website also promotes a drugs and alcohol helpline: 1800 459 459
Irish Bishops Drugs Initiative
This initiative aims to mobilise communities nationally to respond to alcohol and other drugs issues. Programmes include Peer Education, The Commitment Confirmation Programme, Parent Awareness Programmes and Community Support.
T: 087 790 1461
Information, advice and publications relating to alcohol from the HealthService Executive’s Health Promotion Unit.
This service provides supports to young people, under 18 years of age, who are resident in Dublin North City and County and for whom drugs or alcohol use is having a significant negative impact on their daily lives.
T: 01 855 7318
Youth Drug and Alcohol Service (YoDA)
YoDA is based in Tallaght, Dublin. YoDA provides assistance and treatment to under 18's who are having problems related to their drug or alcohol use. YoDA provides expert treatment based on the individual needs of the service user
T: 01 466 5040
A nationwide voluntary organisation assisting those whose lives are directly affected by depression and related mood disorders. They provide on- line support options as well as face-to face options. AWARE also offers education programmes to teenagers and work places.
T: 1890 303 302
The national organisation supporting people in suicidal crisis. Console operate a 24/7 suicide helpline: 1800 247 247 or Text HELP to 51444.
Headstrong is a non-profit organisation working to change how Ireland thinks about young people’s mental health through the Jigsaw programme of service development, through research and engagement. Jigsaw is a network of programmes across Ireland which is designed to ensure that every young person has somewhere to turn to and someone to talk to.
T: 01 472 7010
Mental Health Ireland is a national voluntary organisation supporting local Mental Health Associations in their work by providing information and training to tis members. The website contains useful links to a range of services relating to a variety of social and health issues.
T: 01 284 1166
Reach Out is a web-based service that inspires young people to help themselves through tough times, and find ways to improve their own mental health and wellbeing.
T: 01 764 5666
HeadsUp is a youth mental health promotion project run by the Rehab Group. It provides a number of initiatives including ASIST and SafeTalk training, Lifeskills courses. The HeadsUp website contains fact sheets, interviews, personal stories; CBT based online skills course, Art from the Heart and Acts of Random Kindness sections.
YourMentalHealth.ie is a place to learn about mental health, and how to support yourself and the people you love. You can find support services near you, and learn about the #littlethings that can make a big difference to how we all feel. Brought to you by the HSE, the National Office for Suicide Prevention and partner organisations across the country.
The Rape Crisis Network Ireland (RCNI) is a specialist information and resource centre on rape and all forms of sexual violence.
T: 091 563676
As well as promoting training and education in the area of sexual violence this website provides a list and contact details of all the Rape Crisis Centres nationally.
T: 01 661 4911
Helpline: 1800 77 88 88
This HSE Crisis Pregnancy Programme initiative is a source of information for men and women with regards their sexual and reproductive health.
BeLonG To is an organisation for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) young people, aged between 14 and 23 that offers support on a wide rage of topics including sexual health and drugs and alcohol issues.
T: 01 670 6223
The HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline is a free and confidential, active listening helpline and email support service offering non-directive support, information, guidance and referral to anyone with a question or concern related to substance use.
T: 1800 459 458
The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is Ireland’s oldest and most well-known children’s charity. The ISPCC provides unique 24 hour support services for children and young people through their Childline service.
T: 180 66 66 66
Text the word ‘help’, ‘bully’ or ‘talk’ to 50101
Samaritans is a helpline service which is available 24/7 and is about working with people to create a safe space where they can talk about what is happening in their lives.
Freephone: 116 123
Emergency service teams respond to all kinds of emergencies, including overdose, urgent mental health concerns and suicidal crisis. Emergency services include the ambulance service, the Gardaí, Fire Brigade and the Coastguard.
Always call 999 (or 112) if someone is seriously ill or injured, and their life is at risk.
When you call 999, try to stay calm and to speak slowly and clearly. The operator will have questions for you and will ask for your location, your phone number and the service you require. Your call will then be transferred to the Emergency Service Control Centre. Don't hang up the phone until the operator tells you to do so.
If the line is busy, don't hang up - your call will be answered as quickly as possible. The call is free of charge and can be dialled from a mobile phone or fixed line phone.
In an emergency or crisis, you can also go to or contact the Emergency Department of your nearest public hospital.