Information and tools to help with alcohol control, drug use and addiction.

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1. Alcohol

Where's the danger in a drink?

Alcohol is linked to more than 60 illnesses, like diabetes and breast cancer.

Excess drinking piles on body weight and hurts your finances.

It can have very serious long-term effects – personality changes, difficulty thinking, depression, memory loss – it can damage your working and home life.

Find out more about the benefits of sensible drinking and easy ways to drink less.

Alcohol and the festive season

As the festive period approaches, it can be easy to get swept up with the ‘good cheer.’

Whether it's office parties, catching up with old friends or family festivities (not to mention New Year’s Eve!) we can all drink a bit too much at this time of year.

Helpfully Drinkaware have put together the information and advice including their top 12 tips to make the most of Christmas and stay safe.

If you are worried about your own or someone else's drinkin their trained Drinkchat advisors are available online every week weekday from 9am-2pm, to give you some confidential advice.

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2. Drugs

Worried about drug misuse?

Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term.

Find out more about the effects of drugs.


Misuse of drugs can lead to serious addiction.

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

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you.

How you can get help

Addiction and substance misuse are treatable and there are lots of ways you can seek help: