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Advice and Information

Advice and information on drugs and alcohol is available from both national and local sources and organisations.

Information on the web

NHS Choices about Drinking Alcohol

NHS Choices provides advice on cutting down and sensible drinking levels and has a number of interactive tools to calculate alcohol units and assess your drinking levels and track your drinking over time:

  • Desk top alcohol tracker (drinks diary)
  • An iPhone drinks tracker
  • An alcohol unit calculator
  • It also has a useful section for parents on “talking to under 18’s”

Change 4 life - choose less booze

Choose less booze is one of a number of sections on this site to help make positive lifestyle changes.

It has a range of easy to use tools to help you do this including:

  • A drinks checker tool to see how much alcohol you are drinking
  • Free drink tracker app to download
  • Easy drink swaps advice
  • Advice on units  

Drinkaware Trust

This contains a variety of information, tips and tools about alcohol and sensible drinking.

There is a section called MyDrinkaware which you can sign up to. This is a personal diary that helps you track your alcohol units, calories and costs.


The national drugs helpline FRANK is a good place to start if you just want information about different drugs and alcohol, their effects and UK law. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing free and confidential advice and information.

You can phone FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or email or text – you don’t need to give your real name.

More details are on the FRANK website

Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS)

In Somerset, Somerset Drug and Alcohol Service (SDAS) offers free, confidential advice and support to anyone whose life is being adversely affected by drug and/or alcohol use. They offer help to anyone whatever their age, aswell as their partners, other family members and friends.

You can contact the service 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on 0300 303 87 88 or you can drop into your nearest local SDAS Hub.  Click on the links below to get the details on your nearest Hub:

Office Address:
Somerset Drug & Alcohol Partnership
Somerset County Council
County Hall (PP B3S 2)
Taunton TA1 4DY
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