Drug misuse can be harmful to your health in both the short term and the long term, and can lead to addiction.
Different drugs, because of their chemical structures, can affect the body in different ways. Some drugs can even change a person’s body and brain in ways that last long after the person has stopped taking drugs, maybe even permanently.
The impact of drug abuse and dependence can be far-reaching, affecting almost every organ in the human body.
There are many places where you can get help for substance misuse problems.
Drinking in moderation can be enjoyable and harmless however, drinking in excess of the recommended 14 units of alcohol per week can have potentially serious affects on your physical, social and mental well being.
It’s not always obvious when you’re drinking too much. However, your alcohol consumption could be affecting you in a number of different ways that you didn’t even realise. Weight gain, lack of sleep and trouble concentrating can all be caused by excess drinking.
For men and women you are safest not to regularly drink more than 14 units of alcohol per week. If you do drink as much as 14 units per week, try to spread this evenly over 3 days or more. It is best not to ‘save up units’ and drink them in all at once.
It is important to remember that there is no completely safe drinking level. The risk of cancer increases with every drink. It is clear from research that the risk of injuries increase with the level of alcohol consumed. In order to keep short term health risks to a low level try following the advice below:
- Limit the amount of alcohol you drink on one occasion
- Drink more slowly, alternating with water and drinking with food
- While drinking avoid risky situations and ensure you can get home safely