Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT)

Buying alcohol for under 18's?  It'll cost you!

Buying alcohol to give to under 18's is known as Proxy Purchasing and is illegal.  Anyone caught supplying alcohol to young people is at risk of an £80 fixed penalty notice, with a maximum penalty of a £5000 fine.    Throughout Spring 2017, services across St Helens are working to crack down on young people's access to alcohol by targeting adults and licenced premises to ensure they are aware of the risks.  Young People's alcohol use is linked to a number of adverse outcomes, such as crime and anti-social behaviour, hospital admissions, accidents and injuries and risk taking behaviour. 


YPDAAT know that some parents think that buying alcohol for their children will help set a limit to what they are drinking, but young people tell us that they often share their alcohol with their mates.  Guidance from the Chief Medical Officer states that an alcohol free childhood is the best option, and that young people under the age of 17 should be supervised by parents when drinking.  The Alcohol Education Trust has loads of useful advice on talking to young people about their alcohol use. 


Focus on...Ecstasy

Ecstasy has been in the news over the past few weeks, with a number of young people across the North West becoming unwell after using it, and sadly a number of deaths linked to Ecstasy use.

In St Helens, a number of young people have reported feeling unwell after taking Ecstasy. Pills that have been mentioned have been 'Lego Bricks' and 'Blue Warner Brothers'.


Some of the feelings people have told us about include feeling agiated, nauseous, shakey, confused, feeling unwell for a long period of time after use, and collapsing when using.

We would advise people to avoid using all types of Ecstasy pill, or powder (known as Magic), because you can never tell exactly what pills or powders contain, there could be other substances mixed in, or they may not be Ecstasy at all.

Pills can come in all shapes, sizes and colours and 2 pills that look the same may be different and give very different effects.


Read more about Ecstasy



St Helens Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT), provide young people and their families in St Helens with a range of interventions to enable them to make informed choices around drug and alcohol use in order to achieve their full potential.

Despite what you might think, most young people chose not to use drugs or alcohol. Of those that do most young people will grow out of this without any issues.


What we do

  • We are here to help you to make healthy choices, to prevent you getting into risky situations due to drug and alcohol use.
  • We are a confidential service, working with young people aged up to 19.
  • We can offer help and support in cutting down, quitting or being safe and provide one to one sessions with your own keyworker.
  • All staff are trained in nicotine replacement therapy to help you stop smoking.  We also offer STI screening and C-Card services. 
  • We can also offer complimentary therapy sessions to help relaxation and show you other ways to chill out.

What we don't do

  • Tell you off
  • Tell your parents/carers, unless we think you are at risk of harm to yourself or others
  • Tell you should be doing
  • Make decisions about you without you knowing

What to expect

  • A friendly service
  • An initial appointment where we introduce ourselves and tell you more about what the team offers
  • The opportunity to ask any questions and tell us a bit more about what is going on for you
  • Appointments with your keyworker at suitable times and places for you
  • Support for as long as you feel you want to receive it