Drugs, alcohol and addiction

Digital resources

  • The Mix provide non-judgemental facts and advice about drugs, legal highs and the side effects to allow you to make the right decisions.
  • Frank offers friendly, confidential advice about everything you might want to know about drugs.
  • Alcohol Concern is national charity that can provide advice and support with your questions about drinking and the problems that can be caused by alcohol.
  • The Priory Group have information about drugs most frequently used by students.
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA) provides information, advice and support for everyone affected by a parent's drinking.
  • Sex addiction help is a web based resource for people who are struggling with sex or pornography addiciton.

Support groups (face-to-face and online)

  • Alcoholics Anonymous provide support and advice for you if you are concerned about your drinking.
  • Al Anon provide local support groups for people affected by someone else's drinking.
  • Addiction Recovery Agency supports people with alcohol, drug or gambling problems.
  • Bristol Drugs Project access free and confidential information, advice and services to support you around problematic drug or alcohol use.
  • Gamblers Anonymous offers support and help for those suffering from compulsive gambling.  
  • Narcotics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who are suffering with drug addiction. 
  • The SWAN project is a support and stabilization project for people who want to change their drinking pattern.
  • The Womens' Independent Alcohol Service (WIAS) offer support groups to women experiencing problematic alcohol use.


  • Alcoholics Anonymous: Tel: 0800 9177650.
  • Bristol Drugs Project: Tel: +44 (0)117 987 6000. Monday to Friday 9am to 8 pm, Saturday 10am to 5pm. 
  • Narcotics Anonymous: Tel: 0300 999 1212.
  • The National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA). Tel: 0800 358 3456.
  • Nightline: call this dedicated phoneline for advice and a listening ear during the night. Students run this service. 
    Tel: +44 (0)117 926 6266. Open 8pm to 8am , Monday to Friday, term time.

Professional support

You may wish to consider visiting your doctor to talk about your drugs or alcohol use.

Other support and services

There are a number of other counselling services in Bristol who can help you. They are free or low cost.

Our Health and Wellbeing pages offer support and advice on all aspects of life as a student. 

Big White Wall

Big White Wall helps you to get support, take control and feel better when you are anxious, low or not coping.

The online service is free, available 24/7 and completely anonymous.

  • Chat to other members who may be experiencing the same things as you
  • Access a range of tools to help you self-manage
  • Set goals and track progress
  • Access articles, videos and online courses.

Use Big White Wall

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