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Drug misuse and alcohol abuse

  • 5-11 Years
  • 11-19 Years
  • SEND
  • Staying safe and accident prevention

As your child gets older, they may socialise with people who use substances such as drugs and alcohol. They may start to feel curious or pressured into trying them. If your child or teenager uses drugs or drinks alcohol, this can affect their health and wellbeing. It’s important to talk to your child about the laws and risks of drugs and alcohol.

Last reviewed: 1 November, 2023

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Drug misuse

Children and young people are less likely to take drugs than drink alcohol, but some children may experiment. So, it is just as important to talk with your child openly and honestly about drugs, the risks and their effects. 

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Alcohol abuse

Some children and young people will drink alcohol. It’s important that you talk to your child about the risks and effects of drinking alcohol.  

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Who can help

If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s substance misuse, a health professional in our team will be able to offer advice and support.

You can Call Us on 0300 029 50 50 or Text Us on 07520 649887 to start a conversation.

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