Drugs and alcohol

skip to main content

Don't be a victim

If you, or a friend has a concern or problem with alcohol or drugs, there is support and help available.

Early Break provides a free and confidential service to all young people (under 19s) who would like some help or advice. If you would like some support with substance use you can refer yourself to Early Break using the form below and send it back to: info@earlybreak.co.uk


Or you can contact the service by telephone: 0161 723 3880

Early Break leaflet

  • Alcohol
    Open or Close

    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
  • Drugs
    Open or Close

    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.

  • Open or Close

We use cookies and other tracking technologies to improve your browsing experience on our site, analyse site traffic and understand where our audience is coming from. Read more.