In-dependence is a Guernsey based charity who's aim is to support those affected by drugs, alcohol or gambling and to minimise related harms through education, prevention, and counselling. They provide a confidential and free service.
You don’t have to be dependent on alcohol to experience problems.
Not all problem drinkers are alcoholics...
Problem drinking looks different in each person. Some may have the occasional binge, some drink excessively in social situations, some might spend their after-work evenings drinking alone at home, some may dedicate all of their time to drinking.
These are some commonalities that people who drink may experience:
Not being able to stop drinking after having your first drink
Feeling guilty or remorseful after an episode of drinking
Making excuses for drinking
Drinking to cope with stress, anxiety, depression or difficult life events
Mood swings and irritability more often than normal
Memory loss due to drinking
Not being able to do things that would normally be expected of you
Having alcohol withdrawal if you haven’t had a drink for a while
Health problems due to drinking
Being constantly preoccupied with thoughts about drinking
It is fair to say that most people have experienced some level of problems with drinking, whether this is the occasional hangover or doing something when drunk that you wouldn’t do when sober.
If you're drinking over the recommended limit of 14 units per week, you can take the FREE alcohol self screening test located on the In-dependence website. It is completely anonymous and no data is collected or stored. Find out NOW if you are lower risk, increasing risk, higher risk or possible dependence.
Click here to take the Alcohol Self Screen Test
Still have concerns?
If after taking the test you still have concerns about your drinking, you can arrange to meet with a member of the In-dependence team by completing the self refer online application. The sessions are free and available to anyone in Guernsey.