Substance use is one of the most common and yet preventable risks to a young person’s health and development.
Smoking, drinking and trying drugs is one of the most common ways in which young people may push boundaries. There are things you can do to help your child, but if you think your child may be using alcohol or drugs to help them cope with worries or mental health problems, go to your GP.
Alcohol changes the way people act and affects their decision making. The more they drink, the less careful they are. This can have serious consequences when it comes to sex and their personal safety.
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. Alcohol affects different people in different ways and also affects young people differently to adults.
How alcohol can affect children and young people:
Most young people don't take drugs
But you probably can’t stop your child from coming into some contact with drugs, but by staying as informed as possible, you can help them make the right choices when they do.
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Get help for drugs and alcohol use
Early Break provides a free and confidential service to all young people (under 19s) who would like some help or advice. If your child would like some some support with their substance use you can refer to Early Break using the form below and send it back to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Or you can contact the service by telephone: 0161 723 3880