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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.
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.
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
Long Term Effects
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:
If you would like some more information on alcohol issues click here.
The term ‘drugs’ covers a wide range of substances that can affect the physical or mental state of a person.
Types of Drugs:
Types of drug use:
To find out more on drugs and how to get support or advice please look through the following links.
MDMA is a high risk and very dangerous drug to take, even your first time taking the drug can be life threatening. The risks are not worth the benefits, but find some more information below to help you realise this!
Ecstasy/MDMA is a stimulant drug with euphoric and mildly hallucinogenic qualities. It became popular in the UK during the acid house and rave scenes of the late 1980s and early 1990s and has been a popular drug in dance clubs in the UK and elsewhere since then. It was first sold in tablet form with MDMA being the active ingredient but more recently people have buying MDMA crystal or powder due to its perceived higher purity than pills.
Class A drug. Maximum sentence for possession is 7 years and an unlimited fine. Maximum sentence for supply is life and an unlimited fine.
Effects can be felt about 30-60 minutes after taking your first dose and include:
Harm reduction advice:
Everyone reacts differently to drugs and depending on what you take, how much you take, what state you are in physically and mentally and what drugs you might be mixing; the reactions can vary.
There may come a time where you are worried about a friend and how they are reacting towards various drugs. This leaflet can be a guide to how to respond in these times. When in doubt, call an ambulance.