Alcohol - advice and support

Alcohol or substance misuse can have a devastating impact on an individual’s physical and mental health, their financial and social circumstances and their family and friends as well as the wider community as a whole.  Anyone worried about substance misuse can also speak to their GP who will be able to refer on to more intensive support services. 

For people living in the Stirling area, there are a number of services that can provide treatment for those with addiction issues and services available to support their families, friends and carers affected by substance misuse.  

There are also direct access services that members of the public can contact for support without requiring a referral from a professional person.  These are:

Name

Contact

Type of organisation

Who is it for

Counselling and Support Service for Alcohol and Drugs

Addictions Support & Counselling (ASC) - Forth Valley
32 Vicar Street
Falkirk
FK1 1JB
Tel: 01324 874969

 

Voluntary

People with alcohol and substance use problems, and their carers

Scottish Families Affected by Alcohol and Drugs

21 Elmbank Street Glasgow G2 4PB

Tel: 0141 221 0544

 

Voluntary

Helping people with alcohol and substance use problems

Signpost Forth Valley

Signpost Recovery (Forth Valley) Unit 1/2, Block 7 Cooperage Business Village Cooperage Way
Alloa
FK10 3LP
Tel: 0845 673 1774

Voluntary

People with drug and/ or alcohol support.

If you are unsure which service is suitable for you, please contact Signpost Forth Valley and they will direct you.  Note: some services are based out-with the area, but staff will travel to the area or arrange a suitable location to meet.

Young People's Services

Name 

Contact 

Type of organisation 

Who is it for 

 

Freagarrach

 

Braehead House,

14 Calton Crescent, Braehead, Stirling, FK7 0BB

Tel: 01786 450963

 

Voluntary 

Young people affected by substance misuse.  Usually referral is made by a professional (Teacher or Social Worker), but can be contacted directly.  Barnardos also provide drop in clinics in schools 

Family Support Services

Name

Contact

Type of organisation

Who is it for

Stirling Family Support Service

36 St John Street, Stirling, FK8 1EA

Tel: 01786 470797

0800 027 0898 (helpline)

 

Voluntary

Anyone concerned or affected by drug use, especially families and carers

Family Support and Childcare

Stirling Council, Drip Road, Raploch, Stirling,FK8 1RD

Tel: 01786 237557

 

Local authority

Anyone experiencing a range of difficulties including drug/alcohol problems who requires childcare support for under 5s

Young Carers

Name

Contact

Type of organisation

Who is it for

Stirling Carers Centre

65-69 Barton Street, Stirling, FK8 1HH

Tel: 01786 447003

 

Voluntary

Carers under the age of 18 - caring for someone with illness, disability or drug/alcohol problems

Helplines

  • Drinkline - 0800 917 8282
  • Smokeline - 0800 84 84 84
  • Know the Score - 0800 587 5879

Other services

Name

Contact

Type of organisation

Who is it for

Alcoholics Anonymous

Northern Service Office, 50 Wellington Street, Glasgow, G2 6HJ

Tel: 0141 226 2214 (information)

Tel: 0845 769 7555 (24 hour helpline)

Voluntary

Anyone with an alcohol problem and seeking abstinence


 

Alcohol support

Alcohol is a historical part of Scottish culture.  Consuming a small volume of alcohol very rarely causes any harm but drinking too much can cause serious issues and can have a major impact on your health and general well being.

You can work out how much you drink and stay within the recommended safe limits by counting the units that you consume.

 

Recommended Daily Intake   

Recommended Weekly intake
Men   No more than 3 – 4 units   No more than 21 units 
Women No more than 2 – 3 units   No more than 14 units per week

As a rough guide:  

  • pub measure of spirits = 1 unit
  • 1 pint of beer = 1 unit
  • 1 glass of table wine = 1 unit.

Remember that home measures are likely to be bigger and therefore contain more units per drink.

If you are pregnant or trying to become pregnant, you should avoid alcohol all together.

Binge Drinking – At present, there is no formal agreed definition of binge drinking.  However, in the UK, it is generally accepted as meaning men who consume at least eight units and women who consume at least six units in one day.

Care & protection of children

Alcohol and drug abuse can affect a person’s ability to look after their children.  If you are worried about a child affected by parental or other substance misuse then you should report this to Social Work immediately.

In Stirling, contact the Initial Assessment Team and clearly indicate that you would like to report concerns about a child – 01786 471177.

If you are calling after 5pm or at the weekend you should contact the Emergency Duty Team (EDT) on 0845 277 7000.

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