Drug and alcohol misuse
Research shows that many of us have found ourselves drinking more to deal with feelings of loneliness and isolation during the pandemic. As we begin to return to normal life, there will be new pressures too - pressures to drink, 'sober shaming' (being made to feel not drinking is wrong), and pressures we put on ourselves to get back to 'normal' socialising. If you are worried about this or are struggling with these things, there is support available further down this page.
If a loved one is drinking heavily, it can cause huge worry. Wiltshire's drug and alcohol service, IMPACT Turning Point can provide support to families. Details of how to access this can be found in the sections below.
There is also a real risk of someone's drinking causing serious conflict, with alcohol being a factor in many cases of domestic abuse. If you are affected in any way by domestic abuse, please seek help. If you are in immediate danger, call 999.
You can find information about support available in Wiltshire below:
- Call: 01225 775 276 (Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm)
- Call: Wiltshire out of hours helpline: 01225 712880 (5pm - 8am Monday - Friday and 24 hours at the weekend)
- Email: email@example.com
- Visit Splitz Support Service: Wiltshire
There is additional information about domestic abuse on our website at Domestic abuse awareness and information.
If you'd like to hear more about alcohol, have concerns about your own or somebody else's drinking levels then this page has lots of useful information which may help you.
- Both men and women are advised not to drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week
- 14 units is the equivalent to 6 pints of 4% beer, 6 medium glasses of 13% wine, or 14 single 25ml serves of spirits
- If you do drink 14 units then it should be spread across 3 or more days
- If you are pregnant you shouldn't drink any alcohol
- You should limit the amount of alcohol you drink in any one session
- For more information please see the UK Chief Officer Medical Guidance
Drug and alcohol misuse - more information
Drug and alcohol misuse can have a significant impact on individuals, families, friends and the communities we live in. Providing high quality specialist services that are easily accessed by the people who really need it is vital in reducing the health and social impacts of drug and alcohol misuse.
General information about the health effects of drugs and alcohol can be found on the NHS Choices website, where you can also find out how much alcohol is too much.
There are specialist services available for anyone who is experiencing problems with their use of alcohol and/ or drugs and those who are affected by it.
These services are based in the community and are free and confidential. The services are designed to help people get back on their feet by addressing their issues and helping them to make lasting, positive life changes. There is no time limit on the support and treatment on offer and the service's aims are to be a stepping stone to a healthier life with more opportunities.
To find out more about the services available and how you, or someone you know, can be helped, contact:
- Visit: Swindon and Wiltshire Active Recovery Service
- Tel: 0345 603 6993
- Email: IMPACTreferrals@turning-point.co.uk.
- Self referrals can be made by visiting the Wellbeing Cloud.
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Services for young people
Motiv8 is a service for young people who need help with substance misuse:
- Supporting young people aged 17 and under who are using drugs and/or alcohol
- Providing confidential one-to-one support sessions
- Meeting you at a convenient place of your choice
- Giving advice and information on drugs and alcohol and other helpful organisations
- Providing services for pregnant young women who are using drugs and/or alcohol
- Helping you get access to medical support
- Advising you on how to live healthier
- Helping young people understand the risks of taking drugs and alcohol
- Supporting young people and act on your behalf when talking to school/college/family
- Helping your family understand how they can help you
- Helping you access other support services
- Visit: Motiv8 Wiltshire
- Tel: 0800 169 6136
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Follow @dhimotiv8 on Instagram
- Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm
- If you feel that you need emergency help phone 999 and/or call your doctor
If you believe that a child is at risk from a parent or carer who appears to be incapacitated by substance misuse/mental instability and you cannot safeguard them in any other way you must contact the police by dialling 999 immediately.
- You can talk to your school nurse or a trusted teacher who will help you find out what would best help
- You can go to your doctor
- You could look at the NHS Choices website which offers useful information for teen boys and girls aged 15 - 18
You can contact one of the many help sites available nationally such as:
- Talk to Frank- confidential drug advice
- The Line - especially for young people, you can text on 07786 511111 or call on 0800 51 11 11
- www.childline.org.uk - 0800 1111 - if you want to talk to someone about what is worrying you at any time of the night and day
- ADFAM - 0207 553 7640 or email@example.com - if you want to talk a specialist about a family member who is using drugs and/or alcohol
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