Drugs and alcohol

Advice on alcohol

There is plenty of information online about alcohol and the effects. Some useful websites:

By law it is legal for people aged 18 and over to buy and drink alcohol. However this doesn't mean it's safe. For more information on alcohol, the effects, risks and the law, please visit the Talk to Frank website.

When consuming alcohol we're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know how much we drink or what a unit of alcohol is? The NHS Choices website has lots of information around alcohol units. Use the unit calculator to find out how many units there are in a single drink or a number of drinks.

Alcohol contains a lot of calories. Wine, beer, cider, spirits and all our favourite drinks are made from natural starch and sugar. The calorie count will increase when mixer drinks are added. Visit the Drink Aware website to calculate the calories in your drinks.

Advice on drugs

If you need treatment for drug addiction, you're entitled to NHS care in the same way as anyone else who has a health problem. With the right help and support, it's possible for you to get drug free and stay that way.

Advice for families of drug users - Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs. If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone. It's important to recognise this and get the help and support you need.

Anabolic steroids misuse - Anabolic steroids are prescription only medicines that are sometimes taken without medical advice to increase muscle mass and improve athletic performance. If used in this way, they can cause serious side effects and addiction.

Addiction: What is it? - If you have an addiction, you're not alone. According to the charity Action on Addiction, 1 in 3 people are addicted to something.

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