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Drug and alcohol abuse

In many cultures alcohol is part of life and plays a large part in celebrations and social events.  This is certainly the case in the United Kingdom.  Drinking small amounts occasionally is not necessarily harmful.  There are excellent guidelines available on how to drink safely.  If you take the following assessment from drinkaware.co.uk you can check if your drinking habits are healthy.

It is important to understand the risks and harmful effects of drinking.  These risks are far greater than most of us imagine.  This NHS article explains the effects of alcohol and the long term risk to health.

  • Inhibitions and Judgment

    Whenever we drink we reduce our ability to make sensible decisions.  Drinking can make us vulnerable and behave irrationally.  If we drink too much we can become loud, rude, clumsy, bad tempered, argumentative and antisocial. 

    Drinking too much puts us in danger.  A drunk person can lose their coordination, balance and consciousness.  Always drink safely and ensure that your friends are drinking safely.  

  • Alcohol Poisoning

    Alcohol is a poison and drinking excessively results in alcohol poisoning.  In 2012 – 2013 there were 34,000 admissions to Hospitals as a result of alcohol poisoning. Click here for further information. 

  • Drugs

    There is no safe or sensible way to take drugs.  Drugs are illegal and therefore we never know how strong they are, what chemicals are in them, who made them, how they got to this country and what they will do to us.  

    There is fortunately Frank

    Frank provides information on drugs and treatments as well as a telephone helpline.  

  • The lows of Legal Highs

    The term Legal highs is exceedingly misleading.  Legal highs are not government approved or regulated. Click the links below to find out the truth about legal highs.

    http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/drugs/Pages/legalhighs.aspx

    http://www.talktofrank.com/news/legal-highs-lethal-lows

  • Help is at Hand

    Help with Drink and Drugs is widely available.  Click here for further information on alcohol and drugs services. 

    Young People's Drug & Alcohol Team (YPDAAT) This service is for anyone under the age of 18 living in the borough who needs help with their own drug or alcohol use or that of a family member. The Young People's Drug and Alcohol team offers free and confidential information, advice and one to one support. Young people can call or email the team direct or can be referred by an adult. 

    Tel: 01628 796518 

    Mobile: 07766 628970 / 07717 586287 

    Email: daat@rbwm.gov.uk

    Adfam:

    Adfam helps families facing problems with drugs or alcohol access a range of specialised services.

    Alcoholics Anonymous: 0845 769 7555
    A fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength and hope with each other so that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism.

    Drinkline: 0300 1231110
    National alcohol helpline providing free, confidential service. Callers have the option to speak to an advisor or listen to recorded information about alcohol.

    Narcotics Anonymous: 0300 9991212
    A non-profit fellowship of men and women for whom drugs have become a major problem. Recovering addicts meet regularly to help each other stay clean.

    National Association for Children of Alcoholics (NACOA): 0800 358 3456
    A charity founded to support children with an alcoholic parent.

    National Drugs Helpline: 0300 1236600
    A 24-hour, seven-days a week, free and confidential service that offers advice and information to those who are concerned, or have questions, about drugs. The service is available to anyone.

    NHS
    A national website giving advice on alcohol units, drinking and cutting down.

    Family Lives (Formerly Parentline Plus): 0808 800 2222
    A national charity that works for, and with parents.

    Re-solv (Solvent Abuse): 01785 810 762
    A national charity solely dedicated to the prevention of solvent and volatile substance abuse.

    COAP (Children of Addicted Parents & People)
    National organisation that has chat forum and offers free online counselling from its website.

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