Drugs and Alcohol

Using drugs can have both immediate and long-term effects. These effects may vary from person to person. Some immediate and long term effects of drugs include:

  • Feelings of Paranoia
  • Having to use more to get the same effect
  • Anxiety
  • Difficulties with memory and attention
  • Getting the munchies
  • Losing interest
  • Problems with your mental health
  • Depression
  • Not able to cope
  • Legal problems
  • Panic attacks


While there is a lot of concern about illegal drugs, the most harm and the greatest risk to young people comes from using legal drugs such as alcohol, cigarettes and inappropriate use of medicines, over the counter and/or prescription. People use many different kinds of drugs. These drugs may be legal or illegal, helpful or harmful. Every drug has side-effects and risks, but some drugs have more risks than others, especially illegal drugs.The effect of drugs.

Using drugs can become a problem depending on a number of factors:

  • What drug is used
  • Who is using the drug (especially their mood and personality)
  • Why they are using the drug
  • Where and how they are using the drug


For the answers to these questions & more download the free SAND: Substance Abuse North Dublin App. Search ‘sand drugs’ in the app stores. SAND gives you ‘just the facts’ about drugs & alcohol, can help you figure out whether you or a friend has a problem with substances, and has contact details for support services. And remember, talking to a trusted adult can help too. Download our App:

Details of SAND app with link.


It is not uncommon to drink occasionally; however, you may have a problem with your alcohol use if you are:

  • Getting into hassle at school, work or home
  • Feeling hungover most mornings
  • Drinking to escape problems
  • Feeling edgy for no apparent reason
  • Drinking to number how you feel
  • Drinking alone
  • Thinking about drinking most days
  • Drinking to get drunk
  • Drinking more to get the same effect that you used to get


Alcohol: Don’t bottle it, tackle it.

Alcohol is our favorite drug.  Most of us use it for enjoyment, but sometimes drinking can be a problem.  Fights, arguments, money troubles, family upsets, casual sex and crisis pregnancies are often a result of having had too much to drink.  Alcohol can be the cause of hospital admissions for physical illnesses and accidents.  It is also important to remember that alcohol has the potential to be addictive.  Alcohol can make you do thinks you would not normally do.

Taking control and staying within low-risk drinking limits. For drinking to be considered 2low risk”, the Department of Health and Children currently advises: try to cut down to low risk drinking levels by suing the Standard Drinking Guide in Ireland.  A standard drink is 10 grams of pure alcohol. 

Adult women should drink less than 14 standard drinks per week; Adult men should drink less than 21 standard drinks per week.


These are low risk weekly limits, which should be spread over the week and not saved for a single drinking occasion i.e. binge drinking.

These guidelines do not apply to people who are ill, run down, on medication or to children. It is not advisable for women to consume alcohol if pregnant or trying to conceive.


If you, or a friend have any of these symptoms, Please see:

Alcoholics Anonoymous


01 8420700

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