Drugs & Alcohol

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Drugs & Alcohol

Drugs & Alcohol


Alcohol is a potentially harmful substance if misused and most people who have alcohol-related health problems aren’t alcoholics but people who have regularly drunk more than the recommended levels for some years.

Alcohol’s hidden harms usually only emerge after a number of years and they could include serious health problems such as liver problems, reduced fertility, high blood pressure, increased risk of various cancers and heart attacks.  The effects of alcohol on your health will depend on how much you drink – the more you drink, the greater the health risks.

Excessive drinking of alcohol can have lasting effects such as:

  • Damage to your brain
  • Damage to your liver
  • Damage to your stomach and digestive system
  • putting you in danger by taking unnecessary risks
  • causing you to behave violently or get into fights

Drinking alcohol excessively can also sometimes lead to addiction, which can have devastating effects; liver damage, for example, can be permanent and fatal.

If you would like help, advice, support or treatment for your own or someone else’s alcohol or drug problems one place to seek help and support locally, is with CGL ReNew – Hull.

GL ReNew is a free and confidential drug and alcohol service for adults (including offenders), families, carers and affected others in Hull.

  • As part of our Early Intervention service we work with people prior to substance misuse becoming problematic, to help reduce harm and improve health.
  • Our Structured Treatment service can help you to become substance free, including medical interventions if appropriate.
  • Our dedicated independent Family Service can help anyone affected by a loved one’s substance misuse.
  • We also deliver drug and alcohol training to professionals

For more information visit the following links:



Illegal, classified drugs, such as heroin, cocaine or cannabis, are harmful to health and addictive. To find out about the individual risks, dangers and effects of various drugs visit


Drugs have a powerful effect on the mind. They make you feel good – at first. Drug use becomes a problem when it affects how you live and how you respond to the people around you. You can end up losing control of your life, with serious consequences to your:

  • Health
  • Relationships
  • Education
  • Job
  • Finances
  • Housing

Making the decision to change your life and get help can be very difficult. If you can’t cope, you are going to find it really hard to take that first step.

There are several local Hull & East Riding support organisations that can advise on drug use links to their sites can be found below:

The Alcohol & Drug Service – https://ads-uk.org/find-help/