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If you’re concerned that someone you care about is drinking too much, it’s natural to want to help them. The best thing to do is encourage them to see a GP. Their drinking can then be assessed properly. For tips and advice on how to have the conversation with them, see our section ‘If you’re worried about someone else’s drinking’. But remember, a person needs to accept that they have a problem with alcohol, and want to change, before treatment can work.
You may have a problem if you’re regularly drinking more than the recommended limits of alcohol. Alcohol may be harming your mental or physical health, or your drinking habits may be causing problems at home or work. If you’re not sure whether you have a problem with alcohol, see our Symptoms section for things to watch out for. If you’re concerned, contact a GP. They can talk to you about your drinking, and help you get the support you need to stop or reduce your drinking.
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