How can I stop or cut down my alcohol or drug use?


If you would like to stop or reduce your use of alcohol or other drugs, there are many different places where you can get support and advice specific to your situation. Here are some examples of the first steps you could take:

  • Call a helpline like ADIS* (1800 250 015)
  • See a GP
  • Contact your local drug and alcohol service

*ADIS counsellors can support you in making informed and safer choices. The telephone helpline is anonymous and confidential, and is available 24/7. 

If you've tried to stop or cut down your alcohol or drug use in the past and have been unsuccessful, don't give up - support and advice is available to help you try again.

How can I make it easier to cut down or stop?

Cutting down can be difficult because it often requires discipline and you may not be surrounded by other people who share your motivation to stop or cut down.  

If casual, binge or recreational use of drugs or alcohol is a problem for you, you might find that stopping or cutting down is more achievable if you set clear and achievable goals for yourself. For example, you could set a goal such as: "I will only drink twice a week, and in moderation" or "I will only smoke cannabis socially". 

There are a variety of ways to stop or reduce alcohol or drug use, and it is often easier with professional support. A health professional, such as an ADIS counsellor or your GP, can discuss strategies, treatment options or withdrawal management with you, which will enable you to choose the method that suits you - this is likely to make you feel more in control and increase your chances of success. 

To find out more about ways to stop using alcohol and drugs, go to the Support and Treatment page.

To find out how to access support, go to the Getting Help page.

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