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Coronavirus: drinking and taking drugs during easing of the lockdown

With the easing of lockdown, there will be more opportunity to meet with friends. But it's important that we all follow the official advice on meeting people from outside your household when we do. We still need to control the virus and keep people safe.

You might be more likely to use alcohol or drugs because you've not seen your friends for a while or because you’ve not had the opportunity during lockdown. However, if you do, you should be extra careful, because when you don’t use alcohol or drugs for a while your tolerance goes down. That means that your body is not used to the alcohol or drugs so they can feel much stronger, even if you only consume your usual amount. You can lose control quickly without realising it and this can lead to you doing things or taking risks that you otherwise would not. Be aware that mixing alcohol and drugs can be dangerous. Also, drug supplies, like everything else, have been affected by the lockdown, so drugs may be stronger or weaker than usual. If you're taking drugs or drinking with other people, remember that viruses can be spread easily by sharing drinks, joints, bongs, pipes and vapes. Or by using the same snorting tube as someone else (like a rolled-up bank note).

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