Drug and alcohol abuse (also called substance misuse) can include alcohol, drugs or glue. Some people that use substances develop a ‘dependence’. This means they feel the need to use the substance regularly and find it really hard to stop using it.

Over time, this can interfere with a user’s day-to-day life as well as their physical health. They often feel like they need to use the substance to have a good time and to go out with their mates. Drug or alcohol abuse can also affect mental health, with effects from some drugs including paranoia, anxiety and depression.

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