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Young people

Lots of young people want to know about drugs and alcohol. 

You may just want to find out more information about drugs and alcohol so that you are better informed about what they can do; you may have tried some drugs and want to know more about them, or you may be using this site because you are worried about your own, or someone else’s, drug or alcohol use. It is very easy for people to find that they have a problem, despite willpower, as drugs and alcohol can have a negative impact on your life.

The most commonly used drugs are alcohol and tobacco: they are both addictive and used by millions of people. There are many other drugs which can be addictive – some of these are legal and some are illegal.

Other legal substances, such as petrol and glue, can be very harmful; and even medicines like painkillers and sleeping tablets can be addictive if they are not used in the way they were prescribed. Click on the leaf below to find out more.

Why do young people take drugs or alcohol?


Are you worried about your drug and alcohol use?

Read the questions below and answer honestly.

  • Do you think about drugs and alcohol every day?
  • Is it hard to say ‘no’ if it is offered to you?
  • Do you take drugs, or drink alcohol, when you are on your own?
  • Does taking drugs, or drinking alcohol, get in the way of everything else that you do?

If you have answered ‘yes’ any of these questions, then you may need to contact us. If you would like a referral form, you can download it from this link.

Perhaps you are worried about someone else’s drug and alcohol use.