The decision to cut down your alcohol intake or to completely give up drinking is one that only you can take for yourself.

For some people, a period of time off from drinking or ‘abstinence’ is the best way to reflect on their relationship with the alcohol. Other people, particularly those who have been alcohol dependent go on to become abstinent on a long-term basis.

A good first step is to speak to your GP, nurse or alcohol specialist to help inform your decision about what is right for you, your health and your well-being.

Giving up drinking – The next steps

Find out what happens when you speak to a health professional about giving up drinking.


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