There are lots of reasons why you may want to take a look at your drinking habits and relationship with alcohol, and you don’t have to be drinking every day for it to be an issue. Here at BDP, we have masses of experience with people from all walks of life whose lives have been negatively affected by alcohol.
What are the effects of drinking too much alcohol?
Adverse effects of alcohol can range from behaving in a way that you otherwise wouldn’t and being regretful of your actions up to potentially life-threatening illnesses from years of chronic drinking.
It is important to understand that there is a wide range of adverse effects alcohol can have on your life and that there are ways of managing your relationship with alcohol no matter how much you are drinking and whether your goal is to cut down or stop drinking.
BDP can support you in addressing your relationship with alcohol no matter what stage you are at with your journey.
When to get help?
Signs you may benefit from support may include:
- You believe alcohol is negatively affecting your life.
- You often feel the need to have a drink.
- Being drunk is changing your behaviour and getting you into trouble.
- Other people have shown you some concern about how much you are drinking.
How to access alcohol support at BDP?
Book an appointment online
You can use the booking portal below to book a 45 minute appointment with one of our expert alcohol workers. If you would like more info about these appointments please visit www.bdp.org.uk/alcohol-support-appointments/.
Contact BDP directly
There are many ways of getting in touch, depending on your preference, but you will receive the same service no matter how you reach out. During this contact, we will have a conversation with you to find out more about you, your relationship with alcohol and any adverse effects you have been experiencing. This helps us to connect you with the most appropriate support for your individual needs.
We have a comprehensive list of all the ways you can get in touch with BDP on our contact page here:
Visit us in person
If you want to speak directly to a member of our staff, why not visit our Health and Harm Reduction Centre. No appointment is needed.
Our address is 11 Brunswick Square, Bristol, BS2 8PE. Just look for the big pink door!
Opening times – 9am to 5pm Monday-Friday and 9:30am to 1pm Saturdays.
Get Referred by your GP
If you are seeing a GP, you can talk to them about your drinking and also ask to be referred into Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service). Once referred, you will be picked up by a member of BDP staff or by one of our partner organisations within ROADS, depending on what solution is most appropriate for you.
Get referred by another health or social care worker
Working with a health or social care professional around some other aspect of your life, such as mental health or housing? You can ask them to refer you into Bristol ROADS (Recovery Orientated Alcohol & Drugs Service). They will need to complete this referral form. Once referred you will be picked up by a member of BDP staff or by one of our partner organisations within ROADS depending on what solution is most appropriate for you.
Drinking preventing you from accessing health care?
We run three drop-in Wet Clinic sessions a week where individuals can access health care from a nurse and a GP without needing to stop drinking. You do not need to be registered with a GP to get support and you do not need to book an appointment. The goal of these sessions is to make access to vital healthcare more accessible for people who are dependent on alcohol, by lowering the barriers associated with seeing a GP at a traditional surgery. These sessions are run in collaboration with the Homeless Health Service.