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Alcohol support services - Christmas opening hours

HSE Drugs and Alcohol Helpline and email support service

Monday to Friday 9.30am -5.30pm.

Closed at 2pm on Christmas Eve. Closed Christmas day, St Stephen's Day and New Year’s Day.

Freephone: 1800 459 459


Alcoholics Anonymous

There are several Alcoholics Anonymous meetings a day all over Ireland over Christmas, including Christmas Day. For an up to date list of available meetings, please visit the Alcoholics Anonymous website. 

Tel: 01 842 0700


SMARTRecovery Ireland

There is a calendar of Christmas meetings available on the SMARTRecovery Website 

Al Anon helpline – For people troubled by someone else’s drinking

Open every day 10am – 10pm, including over Christmas

Call: (01) 8732699



Samaritans – Listening and support

Open 24 hours a day, including over Christmas

Call free: 116 123


Website: Samaratins Ireland

Childline – Listening and support for children

Open 24/7

Freephone Helpline: 1800 666666

Text: ‘Talk' to 50101.

Web chat: Go to and click the Chat to us button on screen (Webchat is available 10am – 4am)


Connect – Telephone counselling and support service for any adult who has experienced abuse, trauma or neglect in childhood, and their families

Open every day from 6pm - 10pm, Wednesday 19th Dec to Tuesday 1st January  

Call free: 1800 477 477


Normal service resumes from Wednesday 2 January. Normal service is every Wednesday to Sunday from 6pm to 10pm

Women’s Aid helpline – If you feel at risk of violence

Open 24 hours a day, including over Christmas

Call free: 1800 341 900