Drugs and alcohol
Drug and alcohol services (from Herts Direct)
There are a wide range of drug and alcohol services are available in Hertfordshire. Not all services are available in all districts, and some people may have to travel to other areas to get the service they need. Some of these need a referral from a professional, such as a GP or support worker, others have open access to whoever needs them.
Please click on the area you live in to see the range of services that are available to you.
Almost half of 16 to 24 year olds living in
For the people who take them, illegal drugs can be a serious problem. They're responsible for between 1,300 and 1,400 deaths a year in the
According to the 2007/08 British Crime Survey, the five most commonly used drugs in the
Mephedrone and other legal highs
Legal drugs, often referred to as 'legal highs', are substances used like illegal drugs such as cocaine or cannabis, but not covered by current misuse of drugs laws.
They include a number of drugs such as mephedrone (also known as meow meow and M-CAT) and salvia (which is sometimes called herbal ecstasy).
Although these drugs are marketed as legal substances, this doesn’t mean that they are safe or approved for people to use. It just means that they’ve not been declared illegal to use and possess. They are still normally considered illegal to sell under medicines legislation. More information can be found at Talk to Frank http://www.talktofrank.com/drugs.aspx?id=7513
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More than 10million people in
Men should not regularly drink more than three to four units of alcohol a day and women should not regularly drink more than two to three units a day.
'Regularly' means drinking this amount every day or most days of the week.
According to Alcohol Concern, up to 22,000 deaths a year in
The number of units in a drink depends on its size and strength. With some strong beers and ciders, a pint or a bottle can contain three units or more. So can a single large glass of wine.
A single large measure of spirits can contain nearly one-and-a-half units. A double can be nearly three units. You can't count one drink as one unit. You have to check how strong and how large your drink is to know how many units of alcohol are in it.
Some experts warn that we could be facing an epidemic of liver disease. "Liver disease is rife in people in their 20s and 30s," says Dr Rajiv Jalan, a liver consultant at
"If we don't do anything about it, we're looking at a cirrhosis epidemic within 15 to 20 years."Lots more information on the dangers of alcohol, including the new NHS Alcohol Tracker app for the iPhone is available at http://www.nhs.uk/LiveWell/Alcohol/