About this information

NICE guidelines advise the NHS on caring for people with specific conditions or diseases and the treatments they should receive. The information applies to people using the NHS in England and Wales.

This information explains the advice about treating harmful drinking (high-risk drinking) and alcohol dependence that is set out in NICE guideline CG115.

Does this information apply to me?

Yes, if you are:

  • an adult or young person (aged 10–17 years) who drinks alcohol in a way that is harmful, or who is dependent on alcohol (also referred to as 'people who misuse alcohol' in this information)

  • a family member or carer of an adult or young person (aged 10–17 years) who drinks alcohol in a way that is harmful, or who is dependent on alcohol.

No, if you are:

  • pregnant

  • a child younger than 10 years

The NICE guidance does not cover the care, treatment and support that should be offered to people who have physical health problems caused by drinking alcohol (this is covered by another NICE guideline, see below).

  • Information Standard