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Young People's Drug and Alcohol Team (YPDAAT)

Meet YPDAAT!

YPDAAT will be on hand in the the Town Centre this weekend (17/18 May) offering advice and information to members of the public.  Call into the Healthy Living Event around Parish Church on Friday and Saturday to meet with the team.  We wil be happy to chat about our work in supporting young people and families in St Helens to reduce the harms caused by drug and alcohol use, and also offer advice and information to parents and family members on how to support teenagers make the right decisions about drug and alcohol use.

Alcohol - It'll cost you!

Safer St Helens are cracking down on underage alcohol sales.  Buying alcohol for under 18s is illegal and can land you with an unlimited fine.  Shops selling alcohol to under 18s, or to adults they suspect are giving alcohol to under 18s are liable to fines, and can end up losing their licences. 

Of course the consequences of underage drinking can be much greater for young people.  Although we know more and more young people are choosing not to drink, those that do are at risk of both long and short term harms. 

Some of the risks associated with adolescent drinking are:

  • Intoxication and alcohol poisoning
  • Impaired decision making leading to risky behaviours such as unprotected sex
  • Increased risk of fighting and violence 
  • Risk of coming into contact with police

Young people tell us they drink because 'that's what everyone does at weekends'.  However the earlier young people start drinking alcohol, the greater the risk for harm in the future.  In St Helens we have some of the highest rates in the country for alcohol related harm in our adult population, and recent data shows we have the highest rate of under 18 admissions to hospital linked to alcohol use. 

We need parents and the community to support us to address some of these issues.  We are asking parents to take the ACE Pledge; to 

  • Avoid giving your child alcohol
  • Being Clued up about your child's whereabouts 
  • Educate your child on the harms of drinking 

YPDAAT and Safer St Helens are asking members of the public NOT to buy alcohol for children and to report any issues around underage sales to Trading Standards.  Click the link to find out more.

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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 help 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