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Alcohol and other drugs

If you drink alcohol, drinking less will reduce the risk of harming your health. The recommendation is that no-one should drink more than 14 units a week, spreading these over 3 or more days.

Find out the latest guidance from the Department of Health (August 2017) about reducing alcohol-related harm.

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.

Use of drugs and alcohol in pregnancy

It is recommended that you do not use drugs or alcohol when pregnant or if you think you will become pregnant to minimise risk to your baby. There is exception to taking drugs and medicine discussed and prescribed by your doctor.

Information about using drugs during pregnancy and information about drinking alcohol while pregnant.

Drug and alcohol treatment services

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, there are local and national services that can help. Please see the below list.

Local drug and alcohol treatment services

BEAT (Bournemouth)

SMART (Poole)

Addaction (Bournemouth Young People services)

EDAS (Poole)

REACH (Dorset County)

LiveWell Dorset

National drug and alcohol treatment services

NHS advice on getting help with drug and alcohol addiction

Alcoholics Anonymous

Drink Aware

Cocaine Anonymous

Narcotics Anonymous

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