Drugs and alcohol misuse

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    Alcohol changes the way you act and affects your decision making. The more you drink, the less careful you are. This can lead to serious accidents happening.

    It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to buy alcohol, it is also illegal for an adult to buy or attempt to buy alcohol on behalf of someone under 18. 

    How alcohol can affect YOU:

    • You might pass out, have diarrhoea and vomiting
    • Damage to your brain, liver, heart and stomach
    •  Dehydrate your body and can make your skin look pale and grey
    • Make you more vulnerable and someone might take advantage of you
    • Make you violent or aggressive
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    A drug is a chemical that you take into your body, which changes the way you feel and act. Drugs can affect people in different ways and people take drugs for different reasons.

    Most young people don't take drugs.

    Here's some reasons why:

    1. you never know exactly what’s in them
    2. you can't be sure how they'll affect you each time you take them
    3. drugs can have long-term side effects
    4. some drugs are highly addictive and can be hard to stop even if you know they’re bad for you.

    Find help
    Oasis at Positive Steps provides a free and confidential service to all young people (under 19s) who would like some help or advice.

    They can help you reduce or stop your drug and/or alcohol use.  They can see you at school, college, home, The Centre in Oldham or other suitable venues. . Find out more about OASIS.
    Freephone : 0800 988 2208
    email : oasis@positive-steps.org.uk

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