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Drugs and alcohol

Health & wellbeing Information and advice

Drugs and alcohol

Health & wellbeing Information and advice

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Drugs and alcohol

People take drugs and alcohol for lots of different reasons. You might do it to fit in with your friends, because you want to try something new, or as a way of coping with your problems.

It’s important to be aware of how drugs and alcohol can affect you. They can cause mental and physical health problems. They can also affect your life chances in the future. If you get caught taking illegal drugs, or buying alcohol before you’re 18, you could end up with a criminal record. This could make it harder for you to get a job, travel abroad or go to university.

Asking for help with drugs or alcohol 

It’s illegal to drink alcohol before you’re 18 or to take illegal drugs, but it’s not illegal to ask for help to stop taking them. If you’re worried about how drugs and alcohol are affecting you, you could ask for help from a friend, parent, teacher or counsellor. You should also see your GP, particularly if:

  • you feel like you can't cope without drugs or alcohol
  • you get withdrawal symptoms when you don't take them
  • you think you might be at risk to yourself or other people when you take them
  • you feel ashamed about what you're doing. 

For more information about how drugs and alcohol can affect you, or for help with stopping, visit Talk to Frank or contact their helpline.

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