International Crisis Hotlines and Help Services

The BOOM Community is a sort of think tank and support group. We are quite literally here to ” Rethink the Drink” through writing and reading and sharing our stories.  For those of us who started the BOOM Community and the Boozemusings Blog, this system of peer support and storytelling is the thing that helped us finally stop drinking, or learn to drink moderately, after many years of failed attempts. 

As we say in our member guidelines ( please do read them if you haven’t )

” This site – BOOM ‘Rethink The Drink, is intended to provide a place of contact for those wishing to control or cease their dependence on Alcohol; Achieving this through shared support, experience, debate, and openness with one another. The site does not sanction or support any advice, Medical, Counselling, Marital or otherwise given by members…  ” 

This article on  Stages of Alcohol-Withdrawal Symptoms From Day 1 to Day 30 and Beyond  is excellent

If you are concerned about the dangers of withdrawal from a physical dependency to alcohol, or if you are suffering from suicidal depression please do talk to a doctor. We are here and will be here to support you throughout your recovery but please do detox safely with medical assistance if you are concerned about the physical or psychological risks of quitting “cold turkey”. 

Many of us did indeed stop cold turkey from a level of consumption that might be considered dangerous and suffered withdrawal symptoms that were not more intense than a hangover but the risks involved are very specific to the individual and only a trained physician can determine the safety to you. 

When possible it is always best to talk to a health practitioner who has actually recovered from addiction. Only an addict understands the workings of an addicted mind and the impossibility for most of us of simply tapering off. 

In the event that you are in a crisis and need a contact hotline please refer to this list, If you would like to add trusted hotlines or services in your area please do add them to the comments on this post 

United States 

SAMHSA’s National Helpline

1-800-662-HELP (4357)
TTY: 1-800-487-4889


Also known as, the Treatment Referral Routing Service, this Helpline provides 24-hour free and confidential treatment referral and information about mental and/or substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery in English and Spanish.

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
TTY: 1-800-799-4889
Website: is external)

24-hour, toll-free, confidential suicide prevention hotline available to anyone in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Your call is routed to the nearest crisis center in the national network of more than 150 crisis centers.


Drinkline is the national alcohol helpline. If you’re worried about your own or someone else’s drinking, you can call this free helpline in complete confidence. Call 0300 123 1110 (weekdays 9am to 8pm, weekends 11am to 4pm).

Also worth including this link, as it lists everything for the heavy drinker and his/her family. 



 Western Australia – South of Perth. Free Counselling service. South West Community Drug and Alcohol Services: 08 9721 9256

Sydney, Australia
Alcohol Drug Info Service
Phone: 02 9361 8000

Hotlines Hello Sunday Morning

We will happily add any hotlines that are trusted in your country although we prefer that they not be associated with a rehab facility that may be looking for business. Boozemusings and BOOM are decidedly non-commercial. You are welcome to add Hotlines to this post inside BOOM

Boozemusings is a lifestyle blog and the BOOM Community is a peer support group. We are NOT trained addiction counselors but simply a community of people who have overcome or are overcoming alcohol issues. We do not provide medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, nor does anything on this website create a physician/patient relationship.  If you require medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment, please consult your physician.