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In 2017, 21 percent of the population aged 16 and over drank over 14 units of alcohol each week, putting them at “harmful levels” of alcohol consumption.— Drinkaware, an independent charity working to reduce alcohol misuse and harm in the UK
Public Health England estimates that under 20 percent of people with alcohol dependency are receiving treatment. The NHS does offer free services. However, many treatment programs have seen budget cuts and a decrease in resources recently.
The NHS states that you should consult your general practitioner for problems with alcohol. They will provide confidential advice and references if you need extra support.
Approximately 1 in 10 UK adults reports using an illicit drug in the last year. This number has remained relatively consistent over the last 25 years. Adults aged 16 to 24 are twice as likely to have taken a drug in the last year as other age groups. Heroin is the most common primary substance used by individuals seeking treatment.
Opioids, specifically heroin, have the most significant health and social effects on people who use illicit drugs in the UK.
The NHS provides treatment services for anyone with a drug problem. They recommend seeing your general practitioner to receive a diagnosis, care, and recommendations for drug addiction treatment.
You can use the NHS drug treatment services locator to find treatment centers in your area.
National Health Service. www.nhs.uk/.
We Are With You, www.wearewithyou.org.uk/.
Alcoholics Anonymous - UK, www.alcoholics-anonymous.org.uk/.
Narcotics Anonymous UK, https://ukna.org/.
The National Association for Children of Alcoholics, www.nacoa.org.uk/.
Alcohol Change UK, www.alcoholchange.org.uk/.
DAN 24/7 Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline, www.dan247.org.uk/.
Al-Anon UK: For Families & Friends of Alcoholics, www.al-anonuk.org.uk/.
Collective Voice, www.collectivevoice.org.uk/.
Turning Point, www.turning-point.co.uk/.