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Drug and alcohol support

People develop problems with drugs or alcohol for a variety of reasons. This can cause difficulties for individuals, their health, their families, and at work, school, or college.

Problematic use of drugs and alcohol can range from occasional drug taking, drinking a bit too much a bit too often, regular heavy drinking, or binge drinking, drug bingeing to dependency and addiction. If you often drink more than the recommended lower risk alcohol guidelines, (No more than 14 units a week for men and women, spread over 3 or more days) take illegal drugs, New Psychoactive Substances or prescription drugs without a prescription, you may be misusing drugs or alcohol. Whether you are concerned about your own drinking or drug use or about a friend or family member, support is available to help you cut down, give up, or support someone else

No-one can say that drinking alcohol is absolutely safe, but by sticking within the recommended guidelines, you can lower your risk of harming your health.

If you regularly drink more than the recommended guidelines over a long period, there are the following risks:

  • men could be four times more likely to have high blood pressure
  • women could be three times more likely to suffer a stroke
  • liver damage, such as cirrhosis and liver cancer
  • cancer of the mouth, throat cancer, cancer of the oesophagus or larynx, and breast cancer in women
  • increased risk of heart disease and stroke
  • depression, memory loss, brain damage or dementia
  • stomach damage
  • potentially fatal alcohol poisoning.

Access support from DAWN: the Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network

DAWN, the West Sussex Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network, provides support to people of any age, who are looking to reduce or stop their drinking or use of drugs.

The service can offer free and confidential professional support, ranging from information and advice, counselling, detox and rehab. While contacting a drug or alcohol support service might feel daunting at first, you don’t need to worry. Staff will not judge you and you can access as much or as little help as you want at times to suit you. It helps to have a note of any medication you are taking and who your GP is the first time you visit the service. 

Young people aged up to 24 can contact the service via:

Text: 07779339954 (someone will ring you back).

Phone: 0300 303 8677

Email: wsypsms@cgl.org.uk

 

Adults aged 25 and over can contact the service via:

Phone: 0300 303 8677

Email: WestSussex.contact@cgl.org.uk

Carers Support West Sussex

Supports people who are affected by someone else's drinking or drug use. All services are confidential, and you can receive free information, advice and support. The network offers:

  • information about drugs and alcohol
  • local drop-in services and support groups
  • individual appointments, at a time and place that suit you
  • a quarterly newsletter.

For more information, please contact Carers Support West Sussex.

Phone: 0300 028 8888.

Last updated: 7/2/2020

Websites you may be interested in

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network - West Sussex

Drug and Alcohol Wellbeing Network - West Sussex

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