Drinking can be fun, but it can also go badly wrong
Getting drunk can affect your actions and the way in which you react to certain situations. This can put you at risk and leave you vulnerable.
- Alcohol is a factor in 70% of assaults and 50% of head injuries
- One in three reported rapes happen when the victim has been drinking.
- Alcohol is the most common drug used to 'spike' drinks
- don't leave your drink unattended
- don't accept drinks from strangers or people you don't trust
- 90% of pedestrian deaths on a Friday and Saturday night are alcohol related
Don't forget some people can have a great time without drinking any alcohol and they won't get a hangover!! These are the main reasons for young people not getting drunk in Hertfordshire:
- They drive
- Staying in control
- Getting home safely
- School or college the next day
What is the law about drink and age?
- If you are 16 or 17 you can drink beer, cider or wine at a table meal in a restaurant if it is ordered and paid for by an adult
- It's illegal for anyone under 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, supermarket or shop
If you are 18 and wish to buy alcohol, you need to carry proof of age ID with you… visit http://www.pass-scheme.org.uk/
For more information on alcohol:
- A - DASH works with anyone under 18 years old in Hertfordshire who has issues/problems with their own drug/alcohol use. They are open weekdays from 9am to 4.30pm, but sometimes see people in the evenings. For more information call 01923 427288 or text 07770 537227.
- FutureHope is a local charity who support and help young people in a crisis with drugs and alcohol. Visit their website here.
This site has some useful fact sheets for young people
This site has loads of information and tips
Confidential advice about drugs and alcohol
Advice on personal safety including issues around alcohol
- Things to think about before you start drinking
- If you already drink alcohol
- A-DASH leaflet
- Information and advice about drinking
- 'The Mix' - Alcohol, sex and safety