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Drugs and alcohol

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How alcohol affects your health

Many of us drink alcohol to relax, but drinking too much can affect your health. Learn more here about the effects of alcohol on your body.

Drug addiction can be treated.

Drug abuse

Drug abuse can affect health, relationships, job and education. Learn about Australia’s drug laws, drug addiction and where to get help.

Drugs and drug paraphernalia.

How to help someone with a drug problem

This article will provide you with some information and advice on caring for someone with a drug problem.

Cocaine addiction


Cocaine, or 'Coke' as it is commonly known, is a highly addictive drug associated with health issues and other problems. Learn more about its physical...

Drink spiking


GHB is a party drug. It has been linked to date rape and sexual assault. Find out more about the physical effects and consequences of using GHB.


Heroin is a highly addictive drug with many serious side effects. Find out more about heroin's effects and the dangers of long term abuse and addictio...

Crystal meth is a highly addictive drug.

Ice (crystal meth)

Ice, also known as crystal meth, is a very addictive illegal drug. Find out more about ice including what it is and the dangers of abuse.

Ketamine can cause hallucinations and can affect the body’s senses.


Ketamine is a drug used by doctors and vets, however it can be used illegally to get high. Find out more about ketamine effects and the danger of long...

LSD is a hallucinogen that alters the users’ perception of reality

LSD (acid)

LSD is a hallucinogenic drug that can change the user’s perception of reality. Here’s how LSD works, its physical effects and the health risks of LSD ...

Marijuana (cannabis)

Marijuana (cannabis) is one of the most commonly used illicit drugs in Australia. You can find out more about marijuana and how it impacts users here.

MDMA is also called ecstasy.

MDMA (ecstasy)

MDMA (ecstasy) is an illicit drug which can give a euphoric rush, but which has dangerous side effects. Learn about its physical effects and risks pos...

Speed can lead to sleep deprivation


Speed is a drug that can become addictive and lead to health, social and financial problems. Find out about its effects and associated risks.

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Drug Facts - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Easy to find information about categories, the effects of drugs and specific drugs. Includes description, short and long-term alcohol and drug effects and measures to reduce harms.

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Drug Wheel - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

The Drug Wheel is a classification model that groups different types of drugs based on the effect they have on the body. The updated version of the Drug Wheel has seven categories.

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Drug and alcohol safety | Health

Everyone likes to occasionally unwind, celebrate and have a good time. However, consuming alcohol and drugs can hurt your body and have negative social consequences.

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Are there drug and alcohol services specifically for young people?

Yes, there are specialist detox, rehab, counselling and other services for young people.

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Alcohol and drug use - Beyond Blue

Many people with depression or anxiety use drugs and alcohol to try and cope.

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Roadside drug testing - Alcohol and Drug Foundation

Roadside drug testing of Victorian drivers and the steps you can take to stay safe.

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I have specific cultural beliefs and values where can I go for support for my alcohol and drug use?

There are many culturally-specific services that can help you, such as drug and alcohol services run by Aboriginal Corporations, and Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) services.

Read more on NSW Health website

If I decide I need help with my alcohol/drug use, what options are available?

If you're trying to stop or reduce your use of substances, seeking professional help can be a good idea, particularly if you've been coping with your drug or alcohol issue for a long time.

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Drugs and Alcohol | Kids Helpline

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Pregnancy - medication, drugs and alcohol - Better Health Channel

Most women take a drug of some kind during pregnancy, sometimes without realising the potential for harm.

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