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What are the risks of drinking?
  1. Alcohol has harmful effects on developing brains and bodies.
  2. For adolescents ages 15 to 20, alcohol is implicated in more than a third of driver fatalities resulting from automobile accidents and about two-fifths of drownings.
  3. Drinking interferes with good judgment, leading young people into risky behavior and making them vulnerable to sexual coercion.
  4. Teenagers who use alcohol and tobacco are at greater risk of using other drugs.
  5. Teenagers who drink are more likely to develop behavioral problems, including stealing, fighting, and skipping school.
  6. Underage drinking is illegal.
Top First Aid tips to deal with alcohol-related accidents
  1. If you are at the scene of an accident, call the emergency services as soon as possible. Once you've called for help, if the person who needs it is unconscious, make sure their airway is open. If they are sick and their throat or tongue becomes blocked with vomit, they can choke and stop breathing.
  2. If the person is breathing, place them in the recovery position. If they aren't breathing, perform chest compression and breathe into their mouth.
  3. If someone is bleeding, apply pressure to the wound using a clean cloth or piece of clothing. If they’re in shock, lay them down, and raise and support the injured limb.
  4. If someone is burned or scalded, cool the affected area in cold running water for at least 10 minutes, then cover the wound with a clean, non-fluffy cloth to prevent infection.

Alcohol related accidents: The facts

  •  An estimated 55,000 adolescents (18,000 males and 37,000 females) received treatment for an alcohol problem in a specialized facility in 2014.
  • Every year in the UK, more than 10,000 fines for being drunk and disorderly are issued to young people aged 16 to 19.
  • Alcohol related harm costs England around £21bn per year, with £3.5bn to the NHS, £11bn tackling alcohol-related crime and £7.3bn from lost work days and productivity costs.
  • Almost half of young people excluded from school in the UK are regular drinkers.

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Almost half of 16 to 24 year olds in England and Wales have tried drugs at least once, most commonly cannabis.

But drugs are illegal for a reason. As well as the risks to your mental and physical health, using drugs can make you more likely to have unprotected sex, which in turn can increase your risk of being infected with an STI and having an unplanned pregnancy.

A small but significant proportion of regular drug users can come to rely on cannabis or become addicted to drugs such as heroin or cocaine. Any such addiction can have a disastrous effect on studies and health.

The legal penalties for drug possession can be severe for some drugs. Possession of a class A drug, such as cocaine, can lead to up to seven years in prison. Also, the college will not look kindly on you if you're arrested for drug possession. Many universities and Colleges would ban you from campus, and drop you from your course.

The best way to minimize the risk from drugs is to not use them.

The risks

Think Before You Drink

When to seek medical help

If you think you are having a serious negative reaction soon after taking a legal high or you experience problems that do not settle with a little time out, fluids and fresh air, get medical help straight away by going to the accident and emergency department of your nearest hospital.

If you are worried about continuing health problems after you've stopped taking the drugs, visit your GP. But if you think further advice would be helpful before deciding whether to visit your GP, call the FRANK drugs helpline on 0800 77 66 00 or NHS 111

Legal highs and the law

Many drugs that were previously sold as legal highs are now controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act, including mephedrone (meow meow), naphyrone, BZP, GBL and synthetic cannabinoids (such as those found in Spice products). This means that they are illegal to possess or to supply to others.

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