People smoke, use drugs and drink alcohol for lots of different reasons. Whatever your reason, misusing tobacco, drugs or alcohol may have a short, medium and long-term impact on your mental health. Some potential long-term effects can include:
Needing to take more to get the same effect.
Feeling like you must use the drug or alcohol (dependence).
Withdrawal symptoms including feeling sick, cold, sweaty or shaky when you don’t take them.
Having sudden mood changes.
Having a negative outlook on life.
Loss of motivation.
Doing less well at work, school, college or university.
Problems with relationships.
Borrowing or stealing money from friends and family.
Please be aware that this list is not exhaustive. Taking any substances can be dangerous. They can also have bad interactions with any medications or other substances you might use.
In this section we take a look at some of the different substances that can have an impact on your mental health. We also identify ways in which you can get information, advice, help and support.