Drugs and Alcohol

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Drugs and Alcohol

Drugs & Alcohol - Has your substance use gone from being fun to being a problem? Are substances making the rest of life hard – are your relationships suffering? Is all of your money being spent on substances? Or are you worried for parent, carer, family member. Help is available.

What is a unit of alcohol?

One unit is 10ml or 8 grams of pure alcohol. Units are used to determined how strong your drink is as they come in difference strengths and sizes.

It takes an average adult around an hour to process one unit of alcohol so that there is none left in their bloodstream. However this varies from person to person.

Alcohol by Volume

Alcohol content is also expressed as a percentage of the whole drink. On the bottle you will see either a percentage followed by the abbreviation ‘ABV’ (alcohol by volume) or sometimes just the word ‘vol’.

If you would like to know how many units are in your drinks click here and work it out on drinkaware Unit and Calorie Calculator.

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Is alcohol effecting my health?

There are short and long term effects if you regularly consume alcohol. If you reduce your drinking, the short term symptoms of consuming too much alcohol can improve. However some effects of drinking to excess are not reversible and can cause permanent damage to your long-term health.

Short Term Effects

  • Alcohol-induced anxiety
  • Diarrhoea
  • Disturbed sleep
  • Increasing feelings of stress
  • Impaired judgement which can lead to accidents and injuries
  • Memory loss or black-outs
  • Shaking
  • Sickness or vomiting
  • Skin conditions
  • Stomach problems
  • Sweating
  • Weight gain

Long Term Effects

  • Brain damage
  • Cancers
  • Dementia
  • Foetal alcohol syndrome (FAS)
  • Heart disease
  • Liver disease
  • Mental health problems such as depression and anxiety
  • Pancreatitis
  • Reproduction problems
  • Raised blood pressure
  • Osteoporosis (thinning of the bones)
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Stroke

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What should I do if I think I have an alcohol problem?

If you think you may have a problem when it comes to alcohol click here and complete the online self-assessment or alternatively at YES we can signpost you for the right support. There are many places to go to for help including:

  • Visit your GP
  • Drugs and Alcohol Service
  • Silkworth Lodge
  • Alcoholics Annonymous
  • Narcotics Annonymous

If you would like some more information on alcohol issues click here.

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What are drugs?

The term ‘drugs’ covers a wide range of substances that can affect the physical or mental state of a person.

Types of Drugs:

  • Prescribed medicines
  • Over-the-counter medicines
  • Analgesics
  • Hallucinogens
  • Stimulants
  • Depressants
  • Household and industrial products – such as solvents, aerosols and volatile substances which are not drugs but can be, and are, abused to get a drug-like ‘high’.

Types of drug use:

  • Experimental drug use – a person’s first contact with drugs is most likely experimental and likely to take place within groups of friends.
  • Recreational drug use – this describes those who use drugs mainly in social context (such as a night club, music event, party, etc.)
  • Dependent drug use – those who use drugs can become dependent on drugs to get through life. This can be called an ‘addiction’ to drugs. People tend to be dependent on heavy sedative drugs like alcohol, heroin and tranquillisers, although dependency on other drug types is possible.

To find out more on drugs and how to get support or advice please look through the following links.

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