Smoking, alcohol and drugs

Smoking

We would strongly encourage you to stop before you start.

Smoking is bad for you in so many ways and can cause:

Lung disease
Heart disease
Many different types of cancer
Wrinkles; did you know that smokers get much more wrinkles than non-smokers
Finances; think of the money you would have/save if you didn’t smoke
Passive smoking; it affects those around you.

We hold stop smoking clinics where you can chat about giving up smoking, using Nicotine replacement patches or similar options. Call your local surgery on the above numbers to enquire about these clinics.

More information:

NHS Choices – Teen Smokers

Alcohol

If you think you are drinking too much and are having difficulty with getting this under control, please discuss this with one of us at the surgery. We will be able to talk to you.

If you are worried about a friend or family member who may be drinking too much please feel free to talk to us about it as we may be able to offer some support. Living with an alcoholic is not easy.

More information:

NHS Choices

National Association for Children of Alcoholics

Drugs

Drugs come in many guises and you may be feeling the pressure to experiment/take drugs. Lean to say no. The reality is that most people your age don’t take drugs and you’re in the majority. If you are concerned that you have a problem or are having difficulty giving up, we can point you in the right direction for support and help. Better to give up now than become more dependent or develop some of the serious side effects.

For friendly and confidential advice, talk to FRANK on 0300 123 6600 at any time of the day or night.