Alcohol is widely consumed, particularly in social environments. However, some people may find their alcohol use has increased to a level which is causing them or others around them problems or concern.

Developing Health and Independence (DHI) services offer free and confidential support any South Gloucestershire adults who need help or advice around their use of alcohol and/or other drugs.

Support is available either over the phone, digitally or through face to face sessions. Self-referrals, as well as those from a professional, are welcome. People will be contacted by phone within 15 working days of their referral and often much sooner. The triage team will complete an assessment over the phone and ensure that access to the right support is put in place as soon as possible.

An alcohol worker will usually offer support and advice over the phone in the first instance, they will talk about the range of programmes and services available to meet individual needs. These can include:

  • identification and brief advice on stopping or reducing the amount of alcohol you drink
  • digital applications for you to access online
  • group programmes to build your recovery community
  • working alongside your GP to help with any medical requirements as a result of your alcohol use
  • referrals to detoxification and residential rehabilitation when required but this will form part of a structured care plan.

To speak with a member of the DHI team:

Tel: 01454 86 8750

Freephone: 0800 073 3011


Alcoholics Anonymous meetings can be accessed online here or SMART recovery online meetings can be accessed here.


If you are a professional and would like information about drugs and alcohol awareness training, please contact us via: