Alcohol is the most misused drug in UK. In 2015 there were over 8,700 deaths and 90,000 adults were in 2015 treatment with an alcohol dependency. It has strong cultural traditions and a long history. It use in moderation causes few problems but too much alcohol can cause health problems: reduced sleep, weight gain; increased blood pressure; liver damage.
About 38% of secondary school students got drunk under the legal age – the lowest on record. The most common reason pupils thought people of their own age drank alcohol was to look cool in front of their friends (79%).
Everyone who drinks needs to think about how they (and the people close to them) can better manage consumption and the people close to them.