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Alcohol misuse and addiction

Alcohol is the third biggest risk factor for illness and death and 1.2 million people are affected by drug addiction in their families
Current guidance recommends that people should keep track of their intake, and not drink more than recommended amounts:

  • men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units a week on a regular basis (equivalent to six pints of average-strength beer or 10 small glasses of low-strength wine)
  • spread your drinking over three or more days and take a break from alcohol two days a week if you want to cut down, try to have several drink-free days each week
  • pregnant women should avoid drinking altogether

If you would like specialist information or support about drinking habits, or you have a family member affected by drugs or alcohol contact CGL Waltham Forest on 0203 826 9600.

Get support

You can get further advice and support from:

CGL Waltham Forest

CGL Waltham Forest is a free confidential service for adults that live in the borough who are concerned about their drinking or need help to change their drug use. Offering a range of treatment options for those who experience or affected by substance misuse issues including groups and one to one support, and counselling support options. Types of alcohol intervention offered include:

  • Enhanced Brief Intervention (EBI)- this is initial engagement with people who are dependent on alcohol to help kick start their journey to recovery, working on people’s motivation to reduce their alcohol intake, understanding of the recovery process and initiating recovery
  • Alcohol Community Detox supports clients dependent on alcohol to detox safely and comfortably with the help of medication and social support in their homes. Clients will receive daily support from a CGL Nurse and Recovery worker. This support can be one to one or groups sessions depending on need.
  • In- Patent Detox and Residential Rehab – This is an option for people not suitable for community detox.  Please speak to someone at CGL who will assess need for appropriate services

 Funded placements are limited and based on need. Self-funding is possible for service users who have savings /access to money. Benefits contributions are also applicable for Residential Rehab and is based on a financial assessment.

CGL Young People's service

CGL Young People’s service- offers a free confidential drug and alcohol service for young people under 18 (including young offenders) and families in the borough. They also work with young people with parents or carers affected by drugs/ alcohol misuse.

 CGL YP are an outreach service and will visit you wherever it is most convenient for you whether that is at your home, in school/college, at a local library or anywhere else that you feel comfortable.

To make a referral or for more information contact the team at 020 3002 7009 and email or Simone James.

Types of support include:

  • Comprehensive assessment and care planning for young people
  • One- to- one therapeutic interventions
  • Group work programs
  • Information, support and training for families, carers and professionals
  • Education and awareness workshops
  • Support with ETE opportunities
  • Peer mentoring opportunities
  • Advocacy
  • Referrals to relevant services  

CGL's Family and Carers Support Service

CGL’s Family and Carers Support Service offers support and advice for families affected by drugs and alcohol, including one to one counselling and family interventions. More details are on the this leaflet

Drink Free Day App

Drinks Free Day App - Choose your Drink Free Days and get reminders, support and practical advice to change your drinking habits for good.

Breaking Free Online

Breaking Free Online is an evidence-based online treatment and recovery programme for alcohol and drug dependence.

Further information and advice

Please see factsheets below with important information on various topics relating to families of people who have a drinking problem

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