Frequently asked questions

Below is a list of some frequently asked questions. Before contacting us directly, please check this list for answers.

What is ChangeDrinking?
ChangeDrinking is a website that provides instant personalised feedback and advice on alcohol consumption. Its purpose is to help users think about changing their drinking.
Who funded the development of ChangeDrinking?
The development of ChangeDrinking has been funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) under the Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (CLAHRC) programme for Addiction Research in Acute Settings (ARiAS).
Who can use ChangeDrinking?
Anybody can get access to ChangeDrinking by registering with a valid e-mail address.
How is ChangeDrinking being evaluated?
Routine data collected by the site is currently being evaluated through routine audit. For further information, please contact us on
Who do I contact if I want more information about ChangeDrinking?
What do I have to do to access the site?

Using a valid e-mail complete the registration process:

  1. Enter your e-mail address into the registration box on the ChangeDrinking homepage
  2. Complete the registration details and choose a password
  3. Complete the relevant questions and receive your personalised feedback
What information will I be asked to give?
Questions about alcohol consumption and mental health are included.
How will my information be used?
All information will be stored securely and confidentiality is assured. No responses will be linked to your name or directly to your e-mail address. All data is encrypted and individual data will be seen only by relevant members of the website team. Personal email addresses will only be used to contact you as agreed and will not be given to any third party without your explicit consent.
Why can't I register?

If you cannot register please make sure that you are following the instructions below:

  1. Enter your e-mail address into the registration box on the ChangeDrinking homepage
  2. Complete the registration details and choose a password
  3. Complete the relevant questions and receive your personalised feedback

If you have followed these instructions and still cannot register successfully please contact the website team at

Why won't my login details work?
Please check your registration email to ensure that you are using the correct email address. If you have forgotten your password there is the option to request a reminder by email when you enter an incorrect password on the Log in page
Can I pass the details of this site onto a friend?
You can pass the details of the site onto your friends. To use the site they will need to register their details.
Is there a limit to the number of times I can enter the site?
You can log on as often as you like to receive personalised feedback. We ask that the first time you log onto the site you answer based on your recent drinking behaviour. On subsequent visits you can answer the questions as, for example, a friend. You may also want revisit the site to see how (if) your drinking behaviour is changing across time.
How can I accurately remember how much I drank?
Remembering accurately how much alcohol you have drank over the past week can be difficult. Keeping a daily diary of alcohol consumption can help to increase the accuracy of your reporting.
How is my feedback calculated?
The feedback is calculated based on the information that you have provided throughout the questionnaire. Further information on UK government health guidelines can be found on the Department of Health website.
Where can I find further information about alcohol consumption?
Further information on UK government guidelines and health advice can be found on the Royal College of Physicians website.
I am under 18 years of age can I still use the site?
You will still be able to access to the site and receive feedback. However please remember that the government advises that if you are aged under 18 and do drink, you should not drink on more than one day a week and should not drink more than 3 (females) or 4 (males) units on each occasion. The healthiest option for those under 18 is to not drink at all, and if children do drink it should not be until at least the age of 15.
Can I use this site instead of seeking professional attention?
The information on this site is not intended as medical advice and should only be used as a guide to understanding your alcohol use and potential health issues. This is not a substitute for professional care so if you have, or suspect you have, an alcohol related problem you should seek professional attention. It is also important to be aware that there are certain circumstances where any amount of alcohol may not be safe (e.g. while pregnant, if certain medical conditions exist, when operating a vehicle or heavy machinery, if advised to abstain from consuming alcohol). If you are unclear about whether you should be consuming alcohol please seek advice from a medical practitioner for clarification.