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'Social drinking': the hidden risks

If you think only alcoholics and binge drinkers are putting their health at risk, think again. Many people who see themselves as "social drinkers" are at risk of developing long-term health conditions because of the amount they regularly drink. Most drinkers are unaware that regularly drinking more…

Abortion

An abortion is the medical process of ending a pregnancy so it doesn't result in the birth of a baby. It's also sometimes known as a termination. The pregnancy is ended either by taking medications or having a minor surgical procedure. One in three women…

Addiction

Addiction is a strong, uncontrollable need to take drugs, drink alcohol or carry out a particular activity, such as gambling. It becomes the most important thing in your life and leads to problems at home, work and school. There's no single reason why addictions develop. Some…

Adult Autism

Find clubs, groups and support services for adults with autism on our website.

Advice for families of drug users

Lots of families in the UK are living with a loved one who is using or trying to come off drugs. If you're the parent, partner, child or carer of a drug user, you may feel worried, frustrated and alone. It's important to recognise this and get the help and…

Alcohol misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about: half a pint of normal-strength lager a single measure (25ml) of spirits A small glass (125ml) of wine…

Alcohol support

Realising you have a problem with alcohol is the first big step to getting help. You may need help if: you often feel the need to have a drink  you get into trouble because of your drinking other people warn you about how much you're drinking…

Alcohol units

We're supposed to be keeping an eye on how much we drink, but how many of us really know what a unit of alcohol is? With so many different drinks and glass sizes, from shots to pints - not to mention bottles - it's easy…

Alzheimer's disease (NHS Choices)

Alzheimer's disease is the most common type of dementia, affecting an estimated 850,000 people in the UK. Dementia is a progressive neurological disease which affects multiple brain functions, including memory. The exact cause of Alzheimer's disease is unknown, although a number of things are thought to…

Anxiety and Phobias

Introduction Anxiety is a normal human feeling. We all experience it when faced with situations we find threatening or difficult. People often call this feeling stress but the word “stress” can be used to mean two different things – on the one hand, the things…
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