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Alcohol and drugs

Drink driving 

The only safe option if you need to drive is not to drink alcohol. If you've been drinking, time is the only way to get alcohol out of your system. There are no shortcuts for sobering up.

Staying safe

Alcohol dulls your instincts, your awareness of danger, reduces your inhibitions and makes you more likely to behave out of character.

Always walk away from confrontation, avoid walking home alone and keep to well-lit areas.

Drink spiking

Drink spiking is when drugs or alcohol is put in your drink without you knowing. It’s illegal; even if nothing happens as a result. 
  • Always keep your drink in your hand or in view
  • Don't share drinks or accept one from someone you don't know
Spiking a drink could lead to up to 10 years in jail. If someone is then assaulted, robbed or subject to a sexual assualt, the sentence could be even higher.


Suspect drug dealing?

Signs can include;
  • an unusual number of people visting 24/7
  • drugs paraphernalia left outside
  • tennants/home owners having an unusually lavish lifestyle.

If you find drugs paraphernalia, call your council who'll arrange for a safe clean up.

How to spot a cannabis factory

  • lights left on all day and night 
  • curtains constantly drawn or windows blacked out 
  • strong pungent smell and high humidity in the property 
  • different people, coming and going at strange times 
  • visits by people for short periods 
  • venting protruding from the roof and the constant sound of cooling fans.

Landlords, watch out for the following:
  • Your tenants insist on paying their rent in cash 
  • They may be vague or rarely available at the property 
  • A sudden jump or fall in electricity bills    
For more information and advice visit National Landlords Association.

New Psychoactive Substances ('legal highs')

  • What are they?
    New Psychoactive Substances
    New Psychoactive Substances (NPS) are designed to produce similar effects to illegal drugs such as cannabis, cocaine or ecstasy, but are structured differently in an attempt to avoid being controlled under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971.

    They are also sometimes incorrectly called 'Legal Highs'.

    NPS haven’t been tested and their effects are unknown and unpredictable. As they can’t be sold for human consumption they are frequently described as bath salts, plant food, research chemicals, and collectors’ items or advertised as ‘not for human consumption’. 

Drug driving

Driving while under the influence of drugs reduces your ability to drive safely.  

If convicted of driving while unfit through drugs, you could face:
  • a minimum 1 year driving ban 
  • a fine of up to £5,000 
  • up to 6 months in prison
You can find out more about the dangers of drug driving on the Think! Road Safety website.  
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