Drugs and alcohol

Recognising a problem with drugs or alcohol is an important first step in seeking help and a variety of local organisations are available to offer support.

We work in partnership with local councils and other organisations to protect people from the damaging health effects of drug and alcohol abuse.

Find immediate help

Developing Help and Independence offers advice, support and treatment to those experiencing difficulties with drug or alcohol use, or who are affected by someone else’s use.

Call free on 0800 0733011 for confidential advice or email info@dhi-online.org.uk.

Get more information on alcohol and drug treatment options from your local council:


For many of us, having a drink can be fun and relaxing. But drinking too much too often can cause health problems and affect our family, work and social life, even if you don’t feel addicted.

Drink to excess and you risk:

  • alcohol poisoning, unconsciousness and choking on your own vomit
  • liver disease
  • fatal or minor injury
  • developing several types of cancer (over the longer term)
  • mental health problems
  • developing diabetes
  • (if you’re pregnant) damaging an unborn child
  • putting your children and people you love at risk.

If you’re pregnant, you should try to avoid drinking altogether.

If you’re worried about drinking, please talk to your GP, especially if you’re pregnant or trying to conceive.

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Drug addiction and misuse

With the right help and support, many drug users are able to overcome their drug use before any serious harm is done. Other drug users have to hit rock bottom before they can see the harm and damage they are doing and start addressing their drug use.

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