Information for
Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information for
Adults

Moderation and addiction can both be unclear, especially in light of the new government safe drinking guidelines. This page offers information on substance misuse as well as advice on safe drinking and the law around drugs to those who are concerned about someone else, or their own use.

Information for
Adults & Young People

Drug and alcohol misuse can be just as confusing and worrying for those who are suffering from addiction as it is to their loved ones. The effect that drug and alcohol use has on younger people is different from the effect that it has on adults. This page offers information on what the effects of alcohol and drugs are, how to stay safe, the law around them and advice to those who are concerned about addiction.

Information on
How to get
in touch

Whether you are concerned about the relationship that you or someone you know has with drugs or alcohol, you can get help within Bracknell. The DAAT and SMART team are available to offer fast, non-judgemental and friendly guidance to those looking for support. This page also offers information on how to get in touch and how the drug and alcohol team work in Bracknell.

Underage drinking

The law

Until you are 18, it is illegal to be sold alcohol, or for someone else to buy alcohol for you. Even trying to buy alcohol is breaking the law.

If you’re under 18 and drinking alcohol in public, you can be stopped, fined or arrested by police and they will take your alcohol from you. If you are caught with alcohol three times, you can then face a social contract, fine or even an arrest. A criminal record seriously affects job prospects and travelling to other countries.

Drinking alcohol in public under the age of 18 is only legal for 16 or 17 year olds, who can sometimes have a drink of wine, cider, perry or beer with a meal if they are with an adult, who buys it for them. A pub may refuse this, depending on their license and conditions.

 

Health

For underage drinkers especially, alcohol is not healthy.

Alcohol poisoning is common in younger drinkers, as they are not fully developed. Thousands of young people end up in hospital every year because of alcohol poisoning and some of these people die.

Accidents and injuries are more common in adolescents who drink. As alcohol can increase your confidence, but will also weaken your judgement, accidents are far more likely. This can range from scratches and bruises, to violence, to fatal accidents.

The risk of having unsafe sex also increases with the use of alcohol. This of course leads to the chances of STIs and pregnancy.

Drinking is a common gateway for young people. It has been proven that young people who drink are more likely to smoke tobacco and cannabis, as well as go on to use hard drugs.

Underage drinking can contribute to a lack of sleep, bad skin, major weight loss and gain and severe headaches.

As a teenager, your brain is still developing. Alcohol can be damaging to this process, which can be detrimental to your memory, learning ability and attention span. All of these things can affect your performance at school, work or college.

The excessive consumption of drinking underage can lead to mental health issues, or make existing problems worse.