Drugs and Alcohol

Taking drugs and drinking alcohol can be dangerous. 

These pages will help give you the information you need to stay safe and will tell you where you can go to get help if you need it. 

Refer to Newham Rise for free support with alcohol and drugs

What is addiction?

Addiction is defined as not having control over doing, taking or using something to the point where it could be harmful to you. Addiction is a common, but help is available. 


How much is too much alcohol?

In Newham, 1 in 4 adults drink too much when compared to the government guidelines on how much alcohol you should drink. 

The NHS recommends that you do not drink more than 14 units of alcohol a week, spread across 3 days or more. That's around 6 medium (175ml) glasses of wine, or 6 pints of 4% beer. 

There's no completely safe level of drinking, but sticking within these guidelines lowers your risk of harming your health. Try using Alcohol Change UK's unit calculator to work out how many units you drink. 

If you drink too much, you are at high risk of:  

  • Certain cancers, including breast, bowel and mouth cancer 
  • Having a stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure 
  • Liver disease 
  • Pancreatitis 
  • Reduced fertility (not being able to have children naturally) 


What are the reasons to cut down how much alcohol you drink?

  • Drinking less will reduce your risk of becoming ill with serious health conditions, such as the ones listed above. 
  • You may notice other benefits, like: 
  • Sleeping better 
  • Feeling more energetic 
  • Losing weight 
  • Your skin looks better 

Where can I get support to cut down drinking?

Newham Rise will support adults, young people, children and families affected by substance misuse.


Recreational drugs are drugs taken for fun, rather than for medical reasons.  

There are many different types of drugs. Some are legal and some are illegal. Even legal drugs can be very dangerous if they are not taken safely.  

We do not advise anyone to take illegal drugs, but it’s really important that you know as much as possible about them so that you can keep yourself, your friends and your family safe. 

To find out more about the different types of drugs and how to stay safe with drugs, visit the Talk to Frank website or the NHS website.

Where can I get support with alcohol and drugs?

Please take a look at the services below to find the right support for you:

CGL Newham Rise

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Newham Rise will support adults, young people, children and families affected by substance misuse.

Talk to Frank

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Honest information about drugs

Narcotics Anonymous

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If you have a problem with drugs, Narcotics Anonymous are recovering drug addicts who can help you get and stay clean.

Alcoholics Anonymous

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If you need help with a drinking problem, phone our national helpline FREE on 08009177650

Newham Rise Support for family and carers

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The Family & Carers service offers support to any family member or individual aged 18 and over who are affected by their loved ones’ substance use problem, whether currently or in the past.