Whether you're worried about yourself or a friend, you can find information about drug and alcohol use and smoking in the links below.
Things to remember about taking drugs:
- you never know exactly what’s in them
- you can't be sure how they'll affect you each time you take them
- drugs can have long-term side effects
- some drugs are highly addictive and can be hard to stop even if you know they’re bad for you.
Things to remember about drinking alcohol:
- alcohol affects you more quickly if you are smaller, weigh less or if you haven't eaten
- the mood you are in when you start drinking is often heightened by alcohol
- you lose control of your body and your judgements
- it can affect your memory and make it easier to forget things
- drinking too much alcohol on a regular basis can cause cancer, heart problems, stroke, liver disease and other health problems.
Get more information and advice about drugs and alcohol
- Talk to Frank - A website for young people providing free, confidential drugs information and advice 24 hours a day.
- iDream - A project run by Raw Music Media and Photofusion for young people with drug and alcohol issues
ChatHealth is a confidential school nurse messaging service for young people aged 11-19 years, living or attending school in Lambeth and Southwark. Young people can get advice and support about health related issues by messaging a school nurse Monday to Friday from 9am to 4pm (automatic bounce-backs respond to incoming messages out of hours). The text number for ChatHealth is 07507 332 150.
Does your parent have a drug and alcohol issue?
If you are worried about a parent, go to the NSPCC website for help and advice or call Childline on 0800 1111.