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Where to get help

If you or someone you know needs support and treatment to reduce their alcohol intake, call the Alcohol Drug Helpline on 0800 787 797, visit their website, or free txt 8681 for confidential advice.

The Helpline telephone (0800 787 797) and free txt service (txt 8681) is available 24 hours a day, any day.

 Trained brief intervention counsellors will answer your call or txt. Māori and Pacific people can choose to talk with Māori or Pacific counsellors by calling the service’s:

  • Māori line – 0800 787 798
  • Pasifika line – 0800 787 999

Visit the Alcohol Drug Helpline's website  to chat online, find a treatment service near you or find useful information about alcohol and drugs.

You can also talk to your doctor about your drinking, especially if you are pregnant and finding it difficult to stop drinking.  Your doctor or midwife can refer you to a service that can help.

Ask your family and friends to support you too. Some people also find the support from online communities helpful. is a useful website to go to for online community support to help you cut down or stop drinking.

For tips on how to ease up on your drinking.