Tier 1 – Advice and Information
What does Tier 1 Advice and Information cover?
Advice and information on drugs and alcohol is available from a range of:
- organisations in Somerset that can offer advice, information and education about different substances. They can also signpost to other drug and alcohol services if needed.
- national and local websites that can provide up to date information.
The national drugs helpline FRANK is a good place to start (whether you are a young person or a concerned parent) if you just want information about different drugs and alcohol, their effects and UK law. It runs 24 hours a day, seven days a week providing free and confidential advice and information.
You can phone FRANK on 0300 123 6600 or email or text – you don’t need to give your real name.
More details are available on the FRANK website
Advice for Young People
For young people there are a wide range of websites to access information and advice about drugs and alcohol:
For people aged 16 -24 years old
For people aged 16 -24 years old, there is the Look Out For Your Mates (LOFYM) website. Developed with young people in Somerset the LOFYM site is about giving people information so that they are able to make safer choices when drinking alcohol. It is aimed at people aged 16-24 who live in Somerset.
Also there's a new 'LOFYM' section on the C&SH (Contraception & Sexual Health Services) App - giving you lots of information about alcohol, helping you to check out how much you're drinking, how to go about changing your habits if it's getting a bit much, and where to get some support if you'd like it.
Young people are more likely to delay or avoid substance use when they can talk openly with their parents / carers
Information on the internet for parents and carers
There are a range of websites to access information about drugs and alcohol and how to talk to young people about it.
Research shows that parents and carers have a crucial role in preventing problem drug and alcohol use. Young people are more likely to delay or avoid use when they can talk openly with their parents/carers.
Here are a few websites that might be useful: