Reducing Risky Drinking
Information and resources for patients
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National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA)
This division of the National Institutes of Health offers extensive resources on alcohol and its impact on health, on reducing risky drinking behaviors, and on alcohol abuse, including:
- How to cut down on your drinking
An online brochure with tips about cutting down and forms to help you track your drinking
A project of the Boston University School of Public Health offers a free alcohol consumption assessment tool to help you determine if your drinking is likely to be harmful and to decide what to do.
For local help for you or a family member
- Check the Yellow Pages under “alcoholism” for treatment programs and self-help groups like Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). You can also receive more information on the AA website.
- Contact local health and social service departments for help in finding assistance.
- The National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence has a toll free help line you can contact for assistance: (800) NCA-CALL, (800) 822-2255, or visit their website.
- Al-Anon is a self-help organization that offers help and support for all people affected by the alcoholism of a loved one or friend.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
An additional source of information about the effects of alcohol, the impacts of excessive drinking, and national statistics.