There are many reasons why individuals decide to experiment with drugs or drink to excess. The damage this can lead to varies from person to person with some problems being immediate and others taking time to show.
In Scotland figures suggest that as many as half of men and a third of women regularly drink above the sensible drinking guidelines. Current guidelines recommend that women should not drink more than 2-3 units per day and men should not regularly drink more than 3-4 units per day. It is also recommended that everyone should aim for at least two alcohol free days.
The CHIP team can provide advice and support to those who want to change their current habits and signpost you on to services who can provide more specialist support.
Scotland has a long-standing and serious drug problem. An estimated 52,000 people are problem drug users and an estimated 40-60,000 children are affected by the drug problem of one or more parent.
The Scottish Government is encouraging a new approach to tackling problem drug use based on the concept of recovery. Recovery is a process through which an individual is supported to move-on from their problem drug use towards a drug-free life. The CHIP team will be integral to the development of this concept in East Ayrshire.
Every year we take part in Alcohol Awareness week, a national campaign that helps to raise awareness of the safe levels of alcohol consumption and how to avoid long term damage associated with drinking too much.