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Alcohol, Drugs and Smoking


Alcohol is often talked about in two ways - 

  • a way of getting over the busy week by enjoying a social drink with friends and partners
  • 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.


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

CGL ReNew 

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 –


ReFresh works with young people up to the age of 18 who live in Hull, who need support to make safer choices about drugs, solvents or alcohol. They also give advice to parents, carers, professionals or family members.

If you are under 19 and would like to speak to somebody about your drug or alcohol use, you can contact ReFresh on – 

  • telephone: 01482 331 059
  • text: 07718 100 813 (Texts are charged at your normal network rate and you do not have to give your name)
  • email: refresh@hullcc.gov.uk


Frank offers free, friendly practical confidential advice around drugs. Their online website has a 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 –


Smoking is one of the biggest causes of death and illness in the UK, increasing your risk of developing more than 50 serious health conditions including lung cancer, and heart disease.

In Hull over 63,000 adults still smoke and smoking directly kills 40 Hull residents each month. This means that approximatley one in every five deaths in Hull is directly caused by smoking. Therefore Hull has almost the highest rate of hospital admissions caused by smoking.

Although stopping smoking can be difficult, particularly if it is a habit you have had for a long time, the most important thing is it’s never too late to quit.

Stopping at any age increases your life expectancy, provided that you stop before you develop cancer or another serious disease. Once you stop smoking, some of the benefits are immediate and some are longer term.

City Health Care Partnership currently provide Hull's Stop Smoking Service. They are able to provide you with more information on what local support is available to help you take the decision to stop smoking.

Access the Ready to Stop Smoking website for advice and support,

Alternativley vivst the Smokefree Hull facebook page or follow Smokefree Hull on Twitter @WillmaWillpower.

You can also telephone the Hull Stop Smoking Service on 0800 3 247 111 or text QUIT to 61825

To find out more about the services that City Healthcare Partnership provide, visit the website to learn more.

Last reviewed: 23/06/2017

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