Information and tools to help with alcohol control, drug use and addiction.
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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.
Dry January is the UK's one-month alcohol-free challenge that helps millions reset their relationship with alcohol every year.
Sign up now to see if you can stop drinking for a month, improve your health and save money. You can also Go Dry for charity to raise money for a good cause.
Benefits of Dry January
- 86% of participants saved money.
- 70% of participants had better sleep.
- 66% of participants had more energy.
- 58% of participants lost weight.
- According to independent research conducted by the University of Sussex Dry January helps people to drink more healthily year-round,
The recommended guidelines
Are you at risk?
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:
- Your GP is a good place to start. They can discuss your problems with you and get you into treatment. Find your local GP here
- If you're not comfortable talking to your GP, you can contact the Lambeth Drug and Alcohol Treatment Consortium
- Visit the Frank website to find local drug treatment services.
- If you're having trouble finding the right sort of help, call the Frank drugs helpline on 0300 123 6600. They can talk you through all your options.
- UK Narcotics Anonymous is a voluntary organisation for anyone with a drug problem who wants help.
- To speak to someone anonymously about any type of addiction, you can call the Samaritans free on 116 123.
- Young people can access DASH Lambeth for drug and alcohol support, interventions and harm reduction.