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Information about alcohol and drugs


Many of us enjoy an alcoholic drink as part of our social life, or as a way to relax. Drinking within certain limits is fine, but it can be easy to lose track of how much we are drinking, and to slip into the habit of drinking too much on a regular basis.

Drinks Meter is a website and mobile 'app' which offers anonymous personalised feedback on your drinking. It's not just about what you drink, it's about how much you drink, who you are, and what else is going on in your life. You can compare your drinking to thousands of other people around the world, as well as to national guidelines. Information about how drinking may be affecting your health is also included. You can keep track of your drinking week by week, over time.


Most recreational drugs are illegal in the UK, but are still used widely by people in all areas of society. People use drugs to relax and have fun, to try to reduce stress and anxiety, or because they have developed an addiction. Many people have used drugs without knowing the potential harm they can cause. 

If you need a quick introduction to some of the most commonly used drugs, and some of the drugs which cause the most worry, visit the FRANK website. This site contains an A-Z list of drugs, outlining the risks of taking them, their legal status, and the chances of getting hooked. FRANK also have a free helpline 0800 776 600. 

Other information and advice 

Find more information and advice, visit our Support with Alcohol Problems and Support with Drug Problems pages.

Healthwatch Essex has some advice available on drugs, substances and alcohol that you might also find useful in their guide to health and well-being for young people. Also on their website, they've made available a comprehensive A-Z guide on The Truth about Drugs.

The Easy Health website has gathered together various easy-read leaflets which will help people with learning disabilities to understand more about the effects of alcohol.

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