Alcohol is a sedative drug. In small doses (a couple of units) it makes people relaxed and more sociable. The more people drink the more likely they are to behave badly – arguing and fighting.
Drinking too much in one go can lead to alcohol poisoning.
The amount needed varies from person to person. A bottle of vodka (28 units) can be enough to kill. 1000 young people under the age of 15 are admitted to hospital each year with alcohol poisoning.
The medically recommended number of units of alcohol per week is 14 units for women and 21 for men. It is illegal for people under the age of 18 to buy alcohol.
Alcohol affects young people more quickly than adults.
As a rule females can only safely drink half as much as men. So trying to keep up with the lads can be very dangerous.
Alcohol use is part of British culture but drinking too much, too often can lead to serious problems.
Or ring the National Drinkline Helpline – 0800 917 8282.
For help locally contact Impact Alcohol Advisory Services (Impact only work with young people aged 16+) Tel: 01743 245552
To find out more visit these websites:-
Or ring Quitline for friendly help and advice on giving up smoking: 0800 022 4332. For help locally call Help 2 Quit: 01743 366940
Tel: 01952 249131 (Support for parents/families of drug users.)
Oswestry Families Affected by Alcohol or Drugs
Tel: 01691 662618 Supported self help group for family and friends affected by drugs.
Oswestry Youth Cafe: Oswald Road Oswestry, SY11 1LB. Information, support and advice is offered through Shropshire Youth Association. For more information on opening times call: 01691 656559
South Shropshire Youth Forum Harvest House, Portcullis Lane, Ludlow, SY8 1PZ. Tel: 01584 877782,