People drink alcohol for all sorts of reasons. Many people enjoy alcohol and most of the time it is not a problem, but drinking heavily can damage your health, especially if you’re a young person.
Besides damaging the liver, heart and brain, heavy drinking can lead to loss of appetite, vitamin deficiencies, stomach ailments, skin problems, sexual problems and memory loss.
After drinking too much, people are more likely to have an accident, become involved in a fight or have unsafe sex. These are all unnecessary risks.
How do you know if you are drinking too much?
- Drink aware - Check your drinking
Youth Advice workers at No Limits who are trained in working on alcohol issues can offer advice and support through its No Limits advice centre and the Health and Wellbeing drop-ins in most of the city's secondary schools and all 3 Further Education colleges in the city. Free condoms, pregnancy tests, C Cards and Chlamydia tests are available at all these venues over 65 hours a week, and they can refer to the Treatment Team for those with significant problems.
Free helpline and information and advice about alcohol.
Telephone: 0300 123 1110
Help for someone affected by someone else's drinking.
Telephone: 020 7403 0888 (Helpline 10am-10pm, 365 days a year)
- Alcoholics Anonymous
24-hour confidential help and advice for anyone with a drink problem.
Telephone: 0800 9177 650