Alcohol and sensible drinking

Alcohol is an addictive depressant drug and a major cause of illnesses such as liver cirrhosis, cancers and heart disease.

Alcohol affects people in different ways, and even a little bit of alcohol can change the way you behave. Alcohol can often make you feel more confident, which may mean you do things that you would not do when you are sober, things that could put you in danger or things that you may regret the next day.

Alcohol is often the cause of social problems, including social exclusion, unemployment, homelessness, violence, disorder, accidents and teenage pregnancy.

Visit the drink aware website to find out more about drinking responsibly.

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Help for those who are worried about alcohol

If you are worried about your own or someone else's drinking there is a range of local help on hand.

Alcohol support services for adults (people aged 18 and over)

Discover (Preston Drug and Alcohol Recovery Service)

St Wilfred’s building, Fox Street, Preston, Lancashire, PR1 2AB

Telephone: 01772 366123

Alcohol support services for young people (aged under 18)

Urban Exchange, Mount Street, Preston, PR1 8BQ
Telephone: 01772 255307

Useful alcohol support and advice links

You can use the following links to get further help, support and advice related to alcohol or alcohol-related issues: