Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol & Other Drugs

Alcohol and Other Drugs

If you drink alcohol, drinking less will reduce the risk of harming your health. It is recommended that no-one should drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spreading these over 3 or more days. For the latest guidance from the Department of Health (August 2017) visit Alcohol: applying All Our Health.

Drugs can alter your mood, character, emotions, perceptions and consciousness. Drug misuse can cause significant damage to your health and increase your risks of infection and contracting blood borne viruses.

If you are pregnant or think you may become pregnant the safest approach is not to use drugs (except those discussed and prescribed to you by your doctor) or drink alcohol at all to minimise the risks to your baby.

Drug treatment services offer support to people misusing drugs including performance enhancing drugs, new psychoactive substances, over the counter and prescription medicines. If you are concerned about your own or someone else’s drinking or drug misuse, support is available for all ages by contacting:

Contact these organisations if you are concerned about you, or anyone else
Local National
BEAT (Bournemouth) NHS Choices
SMART (Poole) Alcoholics Anonymous
REACH (Dorset County) Cocaine Anonymous 
Dorset Service User Forum (email only) Narcotics Anonymous
LiveWell Dorset