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Support services for families

HSE Alcohol Helpline 

Call the Alcohol Helpline free on 1800 459 459 for information and support and details of services for families.

Al Anon Family Groups

Help and friendship for families and friends of problem drinkers from people who are (or have been) in a similar situation. Supportive, anonymous programme to help you to cope, whether the person is still drinking or not.

 Find out more about Al-Anon and get details of meeting times here

VIDEO: What to expect at an Al-Anon meeting

Helpline:  (01) 873 2699  (10 am – 10 pm)



National Family Support Network

Support groups where family members can share experiences about problem drug or alcohol use within the family.

Members have the chance to share their worries and stresses and may learn strategies others have found helpful in coping with substance abuse.

Tel:  (01) 898 0148



List of local groups

Rise Foundation

Family programmes and one-to-one counselling to support family members affected by addictive behaviour.

 The groups and counselling can help family members understand addictive behaviour and its impact and support them to care for themselves.

Tel:  (01) 764 5131 




Domestic violence

Women’s Aid

24-hour domestic violence helpline

Tel: 1800 341 900

Children at risk

If you are concerned about the safety or welfare of a child living with parents who have alcohol problems, you can contact Tusla, the Child and Family Agency, for advice on (01) 635 2854.

If you think a child is at immediate risk of harm, contact the Gardaí on 112 or 999.


See our section Where to get help for more services. For example mental health support services


For a problem drinker

Alcoholics Anonymous Ireland

Tel: (01) 842 0700 (Local phone services also available)



 Smart Recovery Ireland


Helpful resources

Family Support Handbook: Helpful information for families affected by someone's alcohol or drug use, including understanding dependence, ways to cope and practical advice.

Parenting positively. Helping teenagers to cope with a parent’s problem drug or alcohol use: Guide for parents of teenagers who are affected by a parent's drug or alcohol abuse, from Tusla / Barnardos

Taking the Lid Off: Resource for families living with addiction and problematic substance use, including understanding of addiction and its effects on others and advice on what helps, based on the evidence.


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Where to get help

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