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Information and advice for young people in Suffolk


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What you need to know about drinking

  • It is illegal to sell alcohol to under-18's,
  • It is illegal to knowingly buy alcohol for some one who is younger than the legal age limit.
  • The police have the legal power to confiscate alcohol from anyone they know to be, or believe to be, under 18 and drinking in a public place.

Many people enjoy drinking alcohol as it can help you feel more sociable and confident.

However alcohol can have a different effect on us depending on the following factors:

  • the strength of the drink,
  • how fast it's consumed,
  • your physical size,
  • whether you've eaten or not.

Be aware of your own personal limit and how you feel, so you know when it's a good time to stop.

For more information and answers to commonly asked questions about alcohol, like how much alcohol is in a unit and what amount is healthy to drink, watch this 'Safe drinking advice from a doctor' video.

What are the dangers of binge drinking?

Alcoholic drinks, when consumed sensibly and in moderation, can be enjoyable, but if you drink excessively you can put your health at risk.

Unfortunately there are too many young people who make this mistake every year.

For facts about binge drinking and alcohol, Visit the Dinkaware website

What to do if you or someone you know has a drink problem

Contact Turning Point - Turning Point works with young people across Suffolk who are finding their drug and/or alcohol use is becoming a problem for them or those who care about them.

You can also get confidential help from them if someone else's use of alcohol is seriously affecting your life.

Call the Turning Point helpline: 0300 1230872Or visit

You can also speak to a school nurse through the ChatHealth service. Send a text to 07507 333356 or ask in school to find out more. 

Drink Driving

Never drink or take illegal drugs and then get behind the wheel of a vehicle.

It's not worth the risk of losing your driving license, having to pay a huge fine, or causing hurt to yourself or someone else. 

If you're planning a night out drinking with friends, choose who in the group is going to be your designated driver, or arrange to split the cost of a taxi.

Be aware that:

  • after a night out drinking you may still have alcohol in your system in the morning, which means it will still be unsafe for you to drive. So if you know that you need to drive the next day, it’s safer not to drink at all.
  • Just one drink could put you over the limit for driving! 

Make sure you know the facts about drink driving.

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