More about Alcohol

Alcohol & Drugs Action (ADA) provides advice, information and targeted interventions on all alcohol issues, seven days a week. As well as offering services to those who use alcohol on its own or with other drugs, we also have specific services for those who use opiates, cocaine, new psychoactive substances (legal highs), performance and image enhancing drugs (steroids) and prescription/over-the-counter medications.

We believe in working with people at whatever stage they may be in their alcohol use. We recognise that some people use alcohol to socialise and relax and it never becomes problematic. However, other people may feel they need to reduce their drinking, perhaps for short periods, or even stop completely. We work alongside people to build trusting relationships and to provide appropriate, accurate and honest information to help them make informed decisions. We also recognise that people need different levels of support at different times and work across the spectrum with people on preventing harmful drinking, reducing problematic drinking and helping people to work towards and maintain recovery, including abstinence if appropriate.  

If you would like to find out more about how we can help you, please contact us via our helpline or by dropping in to see us – either at our city centre base in Aberdeen or one at of our outreach locations. During your first contact with us you will be offered an assessment of need by an experienced worker who will be able to give you:

  • Immediate support to those in crisis
  • Fast access to treatment services
  • Information, advice and interventions to reduce harm and promote recovery
  • Direct referrals to other ADA services, if required
  • Accurate and up-to-date advice and information on alcohol and related issues
  • Immediate access at a variety of locations and times to suit your needs
  • Access to one-to-one and group support as appropriate to increase confidence and to promote recovery and healthy lifestyles
  • Ongoing structured work to support changes in alcohol use and related issues