Help & Advice: Alcohol and drugs

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If you’re concerned about a young person getting involved in drugs or county lines, getting advice before talking to them can really help. Call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Talk to Frank  Information for parents worried about their child and demystifying the language around drugs

NACOA, National Association for Children of Alcoholics, offers advice and information, including a helpline 0800 358 3456, message boards and online chat.

Back on Track Support for families in Brighton & Hove when a parent is drinking too much

BeSober is a non-profit community organisation helping individuals to manage and control their alcohol intake and to transform their mindset, health and wellbeing around alcohol.

RU-OK? Part of Brighton & Hove Children’s Services, working alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove. RU-OK? adolescent service switchboard – 01273 293966 – ask for RU-OK

Change Grow Live charity with advice on alcohol and drugs including information about benzodiazepines

East Sussex Under 19s Substance Misuse Service

Oasis Project, helps women, children and families affected by alcohol or drug misuse, and Young Oasis providing a place of safety and support for children and young people

Al-Anon and Al-Ateen offer help for adults and teens affected by someone else’s drinking.

Family Lives A wealth of information and practical advice when it comes to teens and underage drinking 

Young Carers offer one to one support in Brighton & Hove including group and respite activities and advocacy and support with services. The referral form can be found here: as well as further information about the project. If anyone would like to discuss a young carer or a young person themselves would like to talk to somebody, their number is 01273 746222 and there is someone in the office almost every day from 9-5. They have no waiting list for support.

The Children’s Society suport for Young Carers – they “help them find balance, give them space to enjoy being young and support them into adulthood so they can pursue their dreams outside of caring.”

Alcohol Change UK has a useful fact sheet on alcohol and parenting 

Young Minds offer information for parents worried about their child’s use of alcohol or drugs

To help with managing conflict at home:
for parents whether together, separated or considering separation, who want to find ways to improve their relationship and get on better: Parent relationships ( 
Ideas on how to reduce tension and arguments at nine: Getting On Better cards (

Watch our series of discussions about families and alcohol: Raising Teens Live: Families and Alcohol

Make (Good) Trouble talks to Luci Hammond from RU-OK?, Carl Scott from Reboot Sussex, PC Joe Davis from Sussex Police and Toby Chown from Oasis Project about drugs.

🔊 Listen to Raising Teens: Teens, Parents & Booze

How do parents’ attitudes to alcohol affect their children? How do parents broach the subject with a teen? Where can they get the best advice? And how do teens cope with a parent with alcohol dependency and how can the wider family find help? 

Our guests were Piers Henriques from NACOA (the National Association for Children of Alcoholics), Fran Carpenter from Oasis Project, helping women and families affected by drugs and alcohol, Luci Hammond from RU-OK, a substance misuse service for Brighton & Hove, and Ceri Walker, the daughter of an alcoholic parent.