How to use more safely
Top tips for staying safe
If you are planning to drink or use drugs try to stay safe.
Start low and go slow
Pace yourself when drinking alcohol to minimise the risk of overdose. Take a small amount of something first to see how it makes you feel.
Avoid mixing drugs and alcohol
Mixing drugs and alcohol can have unpredictable side effects and put additional strain on your organs.
Know what you are taking
Make sure you know the dose and possible side effects of drugs before taking them.
Make sure someone is there to look out for you
If you are using alone, tell someone where you are and what you are doing, or make sure you have a friend who isn’t drinking or using drugs if you are using in a group. It will mean someone can help if it goes wrong.
Aim to sip a pint of water over an hour, particularly if you are dancing.
If someone you don’t know well is offering you free drink or drugs, ask yourself what they might want in return. Know the risks and how to stay safe.
Different types of drugs have different effects, with some waking you up and making you want to party with friends (Simulants) and others relaxing you or making you forget things (Depressants). This means that some people may turn to drugs or alcohol to make them feel better or to block out stressful or difficult memories. If you use drink or drugs to deal with difficult situations or emotions, it’s likely to be (or become) a problem that could seriously affect your life.
Drinking occasionally at high levels can be just as risky as day to day drinking, because your body (particularly the liver) struggles to break down large amounts of alcohol. Researchers define binge drinking as consuming 8+ units in a single session for men and 6+ for women.
Things you might find useful
Forward Leeds is the alcohol and drug service in Leeds for adults, young people and families.Forward Leeds
Exploring the issues on your mind – smoking, drugs, drinking, sex. Helps you make better decisions that are right for you.Rise Above
Talk to Frank
Learn the facts about drugs, read real life stories and access helplines.Talk to Frank
‘Just a Few Drinks’
Watch clips of young people talking about how drinking too much alcohol changed their lives.‘Just a Few Drinks’ videos
Are you a parent or carer?
If you’re looking for more information to support a young person you care for with their mental health, visit our parent and carers page.