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Drugs and alcohol

As you begin to grow up you may feel curious about drugs and alcohol.


If you’re friends have tried drugs, then you may be tempted to experiment too.  At first, many see drugs as a solution, but in many cases, drugs end up being the problem and you may find yourself becoming dependent on them.


Why do young people start taking drugs?

Most young people start taking drugs to change something about themselves or their life. The most common reasons are to:


  • Fit in

  • Escape or relax

  • Relieve boredom

  • Seem grown up

  • Rebel

  • Experiment


What are the different types of drink and drugs available?

There are many types of drink and drugs available, all with different short and long term effects on your mind body. You can find out more about different types of drugs at Talk to Frank


What should I do if I think I have a problem?

If you think you have a problem with alcohol or drugs, the following organisations can provide help, support and advice.


Advice and support


Young Minds: Alcohol and drugs

YoungMinds is a leading charity committed to improving the emotional wellbeing and mental health of children and young people.


Talk to Frank

FRANK provides friendly, confidential advice and support on everything you might want to know about drugs.


TheSite.org: Drink and drugs

TheSite.org is the online guide to life for 16 to 25 year-olds. We provide non-judgemental support and information on everything from sex and exam stress to debt and drugs.



Watch, listen and read young people talking about their experiences of drugs and other issues.