Taking drugs, drinking alcohol or smoking can seriously affect our physical and mental health.
Understanding drugs, alcohol and smoking
A drug is a chemical which can change how we think, feel and behave. Drugs can be legal, or illegal (against the law).
Alcohol and nicotine (which is in cigarettes and most vapes / electronic cigarettes) are drugs which it is legal for adults in Ireland to use.
How can drugs and alcohol affect young people?
How can nicotine products affect young people?
They might have asthma attacks or develop breathing problems
Their school work or sports performance might suffer
They might begin using other drugs or alcohol
Why do some young people take drugs, drink alcohol or use nicotine products
Tips for staying away from drugs, alcohol and nicotine products
Don't be afraid to say no
Walk away or make an excuse if you feel under pressure
Don't feel you need to
Stick to your choices and don't feel you need to take drugs, drink alcohol or use nicotine products to fit in
If you are going to be with people who might make you feel uncomfortable, think about what you might say
Learn more about how drugs, alcohol and nicotine products can affect your health
Talk to an adult you trust
You have the right to be safe. If you are thinking about using drugs or you are worried about yourself or somebody else using drugs, you can get support and information.
Some useful websites include:
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