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Alcohol and Recreational Drugs


Alcohol is often talked about in two ways -

  1. a way of getting over the busy week by enjoying a social drink with friends and partners
  2. binge drinkers or people that drink dependently

Many of us enjoy a drink now and then, but drinking more than the recommended levels of alcohol on a regular basis can damage our health. And, the more you drink, the greater the health risks.

To reduce your risk of harming your health, it is recommended that both men and women do not regularly drink more than 14 units or seven pints of regular beer or one and a half bottles of low alcohol by volume (ABV) wine a week.

Recreational Drug use

The term ‘using drugs’, is often referred to as substance misuse and, when we think about the word drugs we often think about

  • heroin
  • cocaine
  • cannabis
  • ecstasy

We also think of drugs such as spice which is often mentioned in the media.
However, there are other drugs that we may come across more often such as prescription medications that can also be abused like -

  • painkillers
  • sleeping tablets
  • medicines for the treatment of anxiety and depression

It is important that you are aware of the impact drugs may have on your body, both in the short term and what the likelihood will be with prolonged drug taking.

One of the most common features with regular drug taking is addiction. This is where your body gets so used to having the drug in its system that it starts to rely on that substance in order to function. This can cause a lot of long term health issues which in some circumstances can result it illness and even death.

Talk to Frank

Frank offers free, friendly practical confidential advice around drugs. Their online website has an A- Z of different types of drugs and the effects they can have on a person. You can check current news stories and you can learn about people’s experiences.

Visit the Frank website to find out more

You can contact Frank by –

  • using the online chat (between 2pm and 6pm everyday of the week)
  • telephone: 03001 236 600 (24 hours a day 365 days a year)
  • text: 82111
  • Frank’s online contact form

Drug and Alcohol use and Mental Health

Recreational drug and alcohol can have negative effects on your mental health. Mind has produced an information booklet that you can access using the link provided which explores the impact alcohol and drugs can have on a person.

Find out more about Mental Health and recreational dug and alcohol here

Drug and Alcohol service for adults

CGL ReNew is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), families, carers and affected others in Hull.

Their Early Intervention service works with people before drug and alcohol becomes a problem so that it helps to reduce harm and improve health. Their Structured Treatment service can help you to drug or alcohol free, which includes medical interventions if appropriate.
CGL ReNew’s dedicated Independent Family Service can help anyone affected by a loved one's drug or alcohol use.

Visit the ReNew website to find out more

To understand your own levels of alcohol or drug use, complete a self-assessment here

If you are 18 or over and would like to speak to somebody about your drug or Alcohol use you can contact CGL ReNew by –

Support for Young People

ReFresh is a young people’s drug and alcohol service providing confidential support for young people up to 18 who live, study or work in Hull.

ReFresh knows that if you are having problems with drugs or alcohol you may well be having difficulties in other areas of your life. We have helped lots of young people improve family relationships, secure somewhere stable to live, get support with school, college or work and make positive use of their time.

ReFresh can offer you:

  • a space to talk & someone to listen
  • advice and information on reducing and using safely
  • Health checks (including sexual health, safer injecting, testing & treatment for blood borne viruses)
  • help to deal with cravings, controlling tension & reducing anxiety
  • help with emotional and mental health
  • help to improve family relationships

You can access the services via – 

Alternatively you can visit them in person between Monday to Friday, 12.30 and 2pm and ask for a Refresh worker. They are based at -

Kenworthy House

98-104 George Street



Parents/carers and professionals can also seek advice or support if they are concerned about a young person.

Last reviewed: 11/02/2019