Alcohol is so commonly used on the Isle of Man that is easy to forget the harm it can cause. If you chose to drink there are some facts you should know.
Alcohol is a drug that changes the way we think, feel and behave. It is depressant drug which slows down your reactions and the way your body works. Drinking alcohol can make you feel different depending on your mood, where you are and who you are with.
Alcohol has a bigger effect on young people because of your size, age and maturity.
Smaller amounts of alcohol will therefore lead to bigger consequences
Drinking lots of alcohol at once can lead to all sorts of situations that can cause problems. Some problems experienced by young people on the Isle of Man are:
• not getting home safely
• unsafe sex
• arguments and fights
• trouble with the police
• alcohol poisoning
Some of these things may have happened to you. You don't need to be "addicted" to alcohol for it to cause you difficulties.
• Do you drink to block thoughts and feelings?
• Are you aware that you are drinking more?
• Are you arguing with your friends and family about your drinking?
If you think you may have problems due to your drinking contact the AAS 12-21 for further information or to arrange to speak in confidence with a young person's alcohol worker call 01624 627656 or text 07624 414240