This section covers questions that we are frequently asked about alcohol use. We hope you find it helpful. If you have a question which is not answered here, please contact us and we will be happy to respond directly and update our list.

I am worried about my drinking. Who can I talk to about it?

We provide immediate advice, information and support to any one experiencing problems with alcohol or alcohol-related issues. We are open seven days a week and provide a confidential drop-in service where you can talk to a trained member of staff regarding any issues that concern you. If you do not feel ready or able to come and see us, you can call our helpline or e-mail us in confidence.

My family member is using alcohol. What can I do?

Having a family member who has a problem with alcohol can have a huge emotional impact on the whole family. It can be very difficult to cope in these situations. Often the person drinking has to want to stop drinking themselves and may not accept 'common sense' advice from a concerned family member or friend.

Some people find it helpful to talk about these issues to someone outside the family. You can contact us via our helpline, by e-mailing us or by dropping in to see us. It can also be helpful to join a family support group, much like the one we have at ADA. This can give you the opportunity to meet others who are going through or have been through similar experiences and you can discuss your concerns and share ideas with them.

What are the risks of using cocaine and alcohol together?

When alcohol and cocaine are used together they combine in the body to make a substance called cocaethylene. This substance remains in the body much longer than cocaine or alcohol and is particularly toxic to the liver. Mixing cocaine and alcohol regularly can cause damage to the liver and heart. Combining any drug with alcohol is always a risk as the effects can be unpredictable.