Is it ever safe to use drink alcohol or use drugs?
Different people react in different ways to alcohol and drugs. The safest option is to avoid drinking alcohol or using drugs.
No drugs are safe – all drugs have risks associated with them. This includes drugs prescribed by a doctor, medicines you buy over-the-counter at the supermarket or pharmacy, legal drugs such as tobacco or alcohol, and illegal drugs such as cannabis, methamphetamines, ecstasy and heroin.
The effect of any one drug (including alcohol) depends on lots of things, including the person’s size, weight, metabolism, general health and wellbeing, how much is used, how it is taken, whether the person is used to using it, whether other drugs are also taken, the person’s mood and the environment in which it is used.
Avoiding use of all drugs, unless prescribed by a medical professional, is the safest option. However, if you do choose to use alcohol or other drugs, please:
- When taking prescription medications, always follow instructions for use
- When drinking alcohol, drink sensibly and stick to the recommended guidelines
- When taking illicit drugs, know what you are taking, the risks and effects the warning signs and what to do if something goes wrong. Knowledge and information guides you and helps keep you safe. Click on Drugs A-Z in the navigation for further information.
At any time, if you seek advice and guidance, contact the Helpline (0800 787797).