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Alcohol and Drugs

It’s normal for teenagers and young adults to experiment and take risks – drinking alcohol and trying drugs is one of the ways they might do this.

Teenagers are likely to drink alcohol at some point. However, it’s important that they understand the different effects that drinks may produce due to varying alcohol levels. They also need to understand the health implications and the law of consuming alcohol and drugs. 

Talking about alcohol and drugs with your children is important. They are often curious and are likely to ask lots of questions. It's important to be as honest and open as possible with your answers.  

Use the links below to find trusted information on this topic.  Additionally, encourage your child to use the Health Topic pages for their relevant age group here on Teen Health.  They can find more information and resources to support them.

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Turning Point

Support and advise on drugs and alcohol

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NSPCC

Children and Drugs: How to speak to children about drugs and make sure they're aware of the law and the risks

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NSPCC

Underage Drinking: How to talk to children and teens about alcohol and make sure they know the risks

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Leicestershire Police

Information on county lines

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Drinkaware

Underage Drinking

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Young Minds

A guide for parents and carers: Drugs and alcohol

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Frank

Talk to Frank: information on drugs

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Quit Ready

Help and advice on quitting smoking. Self refer to the Quit Ready stop smoking service.

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Tellmi

Tellmi is a safe, anonymous app for young people where they can talk about absolutely anything

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Teen Health

Use the link on this page to contact Teen Health 

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Family Hubs Leicestershire

Family hubs support families, children and young people across Leicestershire.

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