ALCOHOL AND OTHER DRUGS
Alcohol and drugs can alter your perceptions, emotions and judgement and may result in you doing things sexually you wouldn’t usually do.
A series of short drug information videos are now available to help health professionals, youth workers and family members have conversations with young people about substance use and substance-related harm.
The Alcohol Drug Helpline provides friendly, non-judgmental, professional help and advice.Call 0800 787 797 or text 8681, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, to speak with a trained counsellor.
The Youth Helpline has dedicated people experienced in working through issues with young people. They offer free, confidential support and guidance.
These are stories of courage and hope, people sharing their journey with us and providing an antidote to the shame and stigma that keeps people isolated. We are connected through story. We see ourselves on the page and know we are not alone. There is hope.
Teens and Drugs. What Parents Can Do – The Signs. The Conversation. The Response.
Information, advice, research and resources to help prevent and reduce alcohol-related harm and inspire New Zealanders to make better decisions about drinking alcohol.
What is alcohol anyway?Alcohol, technically speaking, is a chemical compound, formula = C2H5OH.
We get it, sometimes it feels like everyone is doing it but you (having sex, drinking, using drugs, etc…), and then peer pressure can make you do things that you don’t really want to do. In episode 4 we explore the decision to stay sober and how it's a 100% a valid choice and also, awesome.
Well done! You've already taken the first step in the right direction to deal with problems around alcohol by visiting this page.
The risks associated with drinking alcohol are highest for teens under 18. Here's some helpful tools and ideas to help parents delay their teens drinking.
Cannabis and other drugs
While it’s common for young people to want to try new things, using drugs can affect their lives long term.
Cannabis, Synthetic Cannabis, Meth and Ecstasy - what are they and what is the impact of using them?
Can I get arrested for doing drugs? What if the police find it in my car? Are there different consequences for different types of drugs? We find out what the REAL deal is with the NZ law when it comes to drugs in the latest episode of #TheREALdrugTalk
Helping you think about your relationship with drugs and whether it's time to make a change.
Molly, ganja, pink elephants...what is it and what will happen to me? With so many substances out there, in Episode 1 of #TheREALdrugTalk we dive into NZ's most common substances.
Cigarettes and Vaping
Nicotine is one of thousands of chemicals in cigarettes. It's addictive and causes most of the withdrawal symptoms you feel when you first stop…
If you are ready to quit smoking, Quitline can support you with a plan designed to help you beat the smoking addiction.0800 778 778 smoking cessation help.
Quitting is one of the best things you can do for your health – and that of your family or friends.
Video series – A campaign that highlights the health and social impacts of smoking and asks young adults to think about their relationship with tobacco.
E-cigarettes are a tool to help you quit smoking. They produce a heated vapour that you inhale, which is why using an e-cigarette is called vaping.
The biggest risks of vaping are the unknown risks. Vaping hasn’t been around long enough to know the risks of long-term use, but we do know it’s less harmful than smoking.
You need to know about the risks and ways to keep yourself and your friends safe. The safest option is not to take drugs at all - If you are planning on taking drugs, check this out and be prepared.
Some of the content covered in The REAL Drug Talk may be uncomfortable for some people, or might make some people wonder about their drug and/or alcohol use. If you feel like you need support, there are lots of wonderful organisations that can help.
It's safest if you don’t use drugs or drink to excess, but if you are going to do it, there are a few vital things that you need to do to be as safe as possible. In episode 3 we focus on harm reduction, the most immediate and biggest risks, and aiming to reduce the harm of drug use.
A checklist to guarantee a successful night out...and what to do in an emergency.
If you're having a party you want to have fun, but you'll want to avoid trouble as well. As a host it is your responsibility to make sure drinking doesn't get out of hand and your party doesn't get out of control.