Alcohol abuse services

If you or someone you know has a problem with alcohol, you may find help from one of these agencies:

Ritson Clinic

The Ritson Clinic is a 12-bedded detoxification ward based in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital, Morningside, Edinburgh.

The ward is for people for whom it is unsafe to detox in the community e.g. because of physical complications. The average stay is 12 days.

Ask your GP for a referral to your Alcohol Community Psychiatric Nurse (CPN).

Alcohol Change UK

Alcohol Change UK is a leading UK alcohol charity, formed from the merger of Alcohol Concern and Alcohol Research UK. They work to reduce the incidence and costs of alcohol-related harm and to increase the range and quality of services available to people with alcohol related problems. Their website contains much useful help and support for alcohol related issues.

Alcohol Focus Scotland

Alcohol Focus Scotland provides information and training on alcohol issues, raises awareness of alcohol-related problems and works to influence national alcohol policy. Their website contains much useful information and advice and a range of downloadable leaflets.

Health Education Scotland (HES)

Provides information for people who are not addicted to alcohol but would like help in achieving a more sensible approach to their drinking.


Drinkline is the free, national telephone service for alcohol advice, information and support. Lines are open from 9.00am to 11.00pm, Monday to Friday.

Alcohol Information Scotland

Provides a wide range of information on alcohol for Scotland. This includes statistics, research, publications, key policy documents and practice guidelines as well as links to useful websites. This site is meant for anyone with an interest in alcohol issues such as care professionals, researchers, policy makers as well as the wider community.

Alcohol and women

This site from the Drinkaware contains essential information and advice on alcohol use for women.

Rehab 4 Addiction

This free addiction helpline is run by people who’ve beaten addiction in their own lives.

Counselling Directory

The purpose of the site is to provide a huge counselling support network, enabling those in distress to find a counsellor close to them and appropriate for their needs.

Other alcohol support agencies