Alcohol and Drugs

Helplines

  • Drug and Alcohol Service (Southern NSW Local Health District) - freecall 1800 809 423
  • Alcohol and Drug Information Service (NSW) - freecall 1800 422 599
  • Cannabis Information and Helpline (NCPIC and Lifeline) - freecall 1800 30 40 50 (Monday - Friday, 11am - 7pm). Confidential information and support for cannabis users, their friends and family.

Websites

  • R U over it? Find out how long alcohol stays in the body and check out the ‘limit calculator’ to see when you should be able to safely drive again.
  • Headspace is the national youth mental health foundation. The website features real stories for young people, parents and carers and information on where to get help. Headspace has over 30 factsheets on mental health related issues including depression, eating disorders, alcohol, drugs, psychosis, self harm, relationships, sexuality, natural disasters, grief, trauma and bullying. Check out the Headspace YouTube channel.
  • Somazone is a website for young people to ask questions, share stories and get help for mental health issues, sexual health, relationships, abuse, body image and drug use. Somazone is made by young people, for young people and is managed by the Australian Drug Foundation. Factsheets are available on image; relationships, drugs, sexual health, mind health, and cannabis and mind health.
  • Don’t Turn a Night Out into a Nightmare is a national campaign targeting binge drinking. The site provides information and games for under 18s, over 18s, and parents. Resources can be ordered or downloaded free.
  • Drinkwise Australia provides facts and information about alcohol and managing teenage drinking.
  • Hello Sunday Morning website encourages individuals to create meaningful change in their lives by taking a short break from alcohol. By sharing their story, each person’s stand is a unique and essential contribution to a better drinking culture. 
  • National Drugs Campaign aims to reduce young Australians’ motivation to use illicit drugs by increasing their knowledge about the potential negative consequences of drug use. Includes information for young people and parents. Free resources and an app can be ordered online.
  • National Cannabis Prevention and Information Centre's (NCPIC) website features real stories about cannabis use and its impact on driving and sporting performance. NPIC resources including factsheets, information for professionals and promotional material can be ordered online.
  • Australian Drug Foundation are committed to preventing alcohol and other drug problems in communities around the nation. Educational tools and resources can be ordered online.
  • Drug Info is an Australian Drug Foundation website with drug information, factsheets and resources to order. They also provide a drug information SMS service.
  • Champions ACT is a Facebook campaign providing young people 18 - 24 years with strategies to help them be champions and keep them and their friends safe when drinking in local licensed venues.
  • Counselling Online is a free 24/7 drug and alcohol counselling service for people using drugs, their family members and friends. 
  • The Other Talk website is about Australian families talking openly about alcohol and other drugs.

Resources

  • The Sorter: Get Sh!t Sorted App is full of fresh knowledge on love, sex, study, stress, cash, work, drugs and alcohol. Powered by ReachOut.
  • On Track with The Right Mix App is a free app that flags when the user has reached their maximum daily alcohol spend and how long they need to run to burn off the kilojules consumed. The app uses a wellbeing score and traffic light system to provide feedback on the risk of alcohol related harm.

Videos

  • Under Construction: Alcohol and the Teenage Brain is an animation that discusses adolescent brain development and highlights the effects of alcohol and risky drinking on different brain regions and its impact on behaviour.
  • The Low Down on Alcohol is a Headspace video on alcohol. The legal age for drinking is 18, but let's face it many young people get into alcohol before that. This video provides young people with honest information and advice.

The below videos are available on the Tune In Not Out website's alcohol and other drugs section.

  • Who Are You? This video is about sexual assault and alcohol. The video focusses on making a difference - watching out for your mates when you're out.
  • You Don’t Wanna Mess With Me (Hep C) is an animation inspired by street art, which takes you on a journey inside and outside the human body. Using a hip hop song written and performed by young men in custody, it presents key information about hepatitis C.
  • Green Swan (cannabis) is a short film following a budding ballet dancer who turns to cannabis as a way of coping with the pressure.
  • Gap Year (cannabis)  is a short film about a young guy and his experience of cannabis use.
  • Alcohol, Sex and Consent - Off your head, don't share your bed! This video explores the issue of sex and consent particularly when alcohol is involved.
  • Alcohol and Your Brain is a 3D representation on the effect alcohol has on your body.
  • Chroming is a short podcast about chroming and its effects.
  • Say Yeah, Nah is a funny video about saying yeah to a great night, but nah to the next drink.