The dangers of alcohol and drugs
Locally, if you would like help, advice, support or treatment for your own or someone else’s alcohol or drug problems contact ReNew Community. ReNew Community is an integrated drug and alcohol service for adults who are Hull residents, providing support for people who may have an alcohol or drug issue. You can also contact the service if you are worried about someone else’s drug or alcohol problem. Individuals can self-refer to ReNew Community by calling, 0800 161 5700 or emailing the service on: email@example.com
General information on the risks and dangers of alcohol and drug abuse has been supplied below.
Alcohol is a potentially harmful substance if misused and most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t alcoholics. They're simply people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years.
Alcohol’s hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years. And by then, serious health problems can have developed. Liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attack are some of the numerous harmful effects of regularly drinking more than the recommended levels.
The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink. The more you drink, the greater the health risks.
Excessive drinking of alcohol can have lasting effects like:
- damaging your brain
- damaging your liver
- damaging your stomach and digestive system
- putting you in danger by taking unnecessary risks
- causing you to behave violently or get into fights
Drinking alcohol excessively can also sometimes lead to addiction, which can have devastating effects; liver damage, for example, can be permanent and fatal.
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Illegal, classified drugs, such as heroin, cocaine or cannabis, are harmful to health and addictive. To find out about the individual risks, dangers and effects of various drugs visit the Frank website.