Drugs & Alcohol

We aim to give you the facts about drugs and drinking – the highs as well as the lows, which means you can make your own choices.

If you’re thinking of quitting or cutting down, or would like some advice or support, get in touch with the Young Hackney Substance Misuse Service.

Facts of the month:


Xanax bar

  • Xanax takes days to leave the body completely, but the noticeable effects disappear in a few hours. As the effects fade, your brain tries to maintain the warm fuzzy feeling which triggers an unpleasant comedown.


  • Xanax can cause insomnia


  • Fake Xanax purchased from any illegal source raises the risk of overdose by 30%. You just don’t know what’s in your pill, your bar or wrap.


  • Xanax is not registered for use in the UK, so if you’re offered Xanax it’s illegal


  • Never combine Xanax with alcohol or other sedatives


  • Stopping Xanax abruptly is dangerous and can cause unpleasant withdrawal effects like low mood and anxiety.


  • Xanax is not a coping mechanism – if you experience depression, anxiety, insomnia, or trauma, taking drugs like Xanax without prescription may make your problem worse

Remember: all drugs come with risk.

The Young Hackney Substance Misuse service is open to anyone aged under 25, it’s free and it’s completely confidential. They can give you advice and support if you’re worried about your own substance use. They’ll also help if you’re worried that a friend or family member has a problem with drugs or alcohol.

For extra information and advice on drugs and drink, visit the Frank and drinkaware websites.

Useful websites


Learn the facts about alcohol – the effects of heavy drinking and tips to cut down if you’re drinking too much.

Talk to Frank

Talk to Frank has information about the effects of drugs and the impact on your health if you take drugs.