Drugs and Alcohol

There are many different types of legal and illegal substances, which people use. Legal substances can include alcohol, cigarettes, aerosols and glue. Some medicines like tranquillisers and pain killers can also be highly addictive. Just because it is legal does not mean it is safe to use. Illegal drugs include cannabis (hash), speed (amphetamines), ecstasy (E), cocaine and heroin. Whether legal or illegal, these substances are harmful and addictive and are easily misused.

There are many reasons why people start using alcohol and drugs. Drugs and alcohol can affect your judgement, leave you feeling vulnerable and put you at risk of harm. Some people use substances when they feel angry, upset or depressed to try and escape their feelings. What ever the reasons misusing drugs and alcohol can cause long term damage to your emotional, mental and physical health.

If you are worried about the use of drugs or alcohol then talk to an adult you trust or contact one of the specialist organisations, listed in the Local Service Finder.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

See our Local Services Finder for contact details to YADAS.

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