Young People and Addiction

Updated on 10th June 2019 at 11:25 am


Drugs and Alcohol


Using drugs or drinking an excessive amount of alcohol can have a major impact on your health. It can cause mental health problems, contribute to short term or long term physical health problems and may also affect social relationships and have an impact on finances.

If you are using drugs or drinking a lot of alcohol, you can talk to one of our doctors for advice and help to stop. It is important to remember that anything you disclose to the GP is private and the GP will only pass on the information if they feel you are at risk.

The GP at your appointment may ask some questions relating to your drug/alcohol use and will assess the problem and decide on the best course of treatment for you as well as providing information on services that can provide you with advice and support.

If you aren’t sure whether you have a problem with alcohol or aren’t sure if you are drinking too much, you can use this unit calculator


Did you know in 2013-14, 13,659 young people presented to specialist services with cannabis as their primary substance?

Did you know the proportion of children and young people drinking alcohol remains well above the European average?

Did you know there has been a rise in people aged between 16-24 using cannabis and class A drugs?


Below are some useful links which can help you to recognise if you have a problem with alcohol or drugs. There is also some further information on getting help and support.

NHS Live Well

Talk to Frank

Drug and Alcohol Services Newcastle

Alcoholic Anonymous


Narcotics Anonymous

BBC Radio 1 Advice on Drink & Drugs