Are you aged 17–24? Want help to manage your drinking and anxiety?

Join the inroads program trial and get FREE access to an online skills development program and phone/email sessions with a trained psychologist.

What is the inroads program?

Researchers form UNSW and Macquarie University developed the inroads program for young adults with concerns about their anxiety and drinking.

Over five online modules, the program will help you develop new skills to encourage you to think about your use of alcohol and overcome anxiety. You will be encouraged to set goals and stick to your choices. The modules are completed weekly and you will also receive phone/ email support from an experienced psychologist.

What is the link between anxiety and drinking?

Anxiety is very common as young people experience new challenges, including:

  • a new job or study program
  • establishing new friendships, and/or
  • a new living situation

Often, people who experience anxiety drink alcohol to cope with these challenges. Some people also experience anxiety from drinking too much.

When you are feeling anxious, and perhaps drinking more often, alcohol can initially lift your mood and help you relax. However, once these effects wear off, alcohol makes your feelings of anxiety worse and can affect your mood.

How can the inroads program help?

The Inroads program is about providing you with skills to cope with your anxiety and life stresses. You will be encouraged to think about what’s important to you, and plan out the steps needed to work towards your goals.

To determine whether the Inroads program is right for you, you will be asked some questions about your anxiety, drinking and other related concerns. These questions will take approximately 10 minutes to complete, after which you will get feedback about your symptoms and whether the program would be beneficial for you.

Support and Crisis Services


If you need emergency support, dial ‘000' for the police or an ambulance, or call Lifeline, a free and confidential 24-hour crisis helpline, on 13 11 14.


If you are in a crisis situation, are concerned about feelings or thoughts of suicide, or need to speak with someone urgently, we urge you to contact the following organisations for immediate assistance:

      • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24-hour service)
      • Suicide call back service (1300 659 467; 24-hour service): 13 11 14 (24-hour service)
      • Mental Health Access Line (1800 011 511)


Support for Mental Health or Drug and Alcohol Concerns


Mental Health Issues, Low Mood, Anxiety and Stress

    • contact your family doctor or general practitioner
    • Headspace (1800 650 890 or provide face to face, phone or online support for young people
    • SANE (1800 187 263 or provide face to face, phone or online support.


    • NSW Rape Crisis: 1800 424 017
    • 1800 RESPECT: 1800 737 732
    • Child Abuse Prevention Service (CAPS): 1800 688 009

Drug and Alcohol Concerns

    • Counselling Online (1800 888 236) or Free drug and alcohol online counselling available 24/7
    • Reach Out: practical tools and support to help young people get through everything from everyday issues to tough times
    • Youth Drug and Alcohol Advice (YoDAA) Line (1800 458 685): Telephone information and advice for young people
    • Alcohol & Drug Information Service: for information, services in your area, crisis counselling and support about alcohol and drugs:
    NSW: 1800 422 599 or 02 9361 8000
    ACT:  02 6207 9977
    QLD:  1800 177 833 or 07 3837 5989
    SA: 1300 131 340 or 08 8363 8618
    WA: 1800 198 024 or 08 9442 5000
    NT:  1800 629 683 or 08 8922 8399 (Darwin)
    VIC:  1800 888 236
    TAS: 1800 811 994 or 03 6233 6722