Are you concerned about your drug or alcohol use?

The following questions might help you think about if drugs or alcohol are a concern for you.

  • Do you dink/use substances to avoid problems or emotions?
  • Do you ever try to cut down or stop and find that you can’t?
  • Do you avoid being honest with others about your drinking/drug use?
  • Does drug or alcohol use get in the way of school/college or work?
  • Do you find it hard to stop drinking/using once you’ve started?
  • Do you get anxious at the thought of running out of drugs or alcohol?

If you want to explore this further please get in touch with our team. You can call us, refer yourself on this website or drop in to our Advice Centre without making an appointment and speak in confidence to one of our trained workers.


We have a range of support available – you might be able to receive specialist support, counselling and activities through our DASH service. We also provide support in schools and colleges in Southampton through our BUZZ service, where we deliver lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions to young people aged 14 to 15 to educate them about the risks involved in drinking alcohol or using substances.


DASH (Drugs, Alcohol Support and Health) is a service for young people under the age of 25 who would like support with their drugs or alcohol use. The DASH team can give you a wide range of information, advice, support and counselling around any substances you’re using, their effects and risks, as well as how to keep yourself safe. You can receive one-to-one support with your own DASH support worker at home, in your school, college or university, or in a place where you feel most comfortable.

If you decide you’d like to change your substance using habits, the DASH team can also get you involved in a range of activities such as therapeutic groups, sports and cooking sessions. Harm reduction advice and needle exchange is also offered to young people under the age of 25 who are supported by the DASH service.


The DASH team also deliver BUZZ session, which are lessons, assemblies and outreach sessions delivered at schools, youth clubs, community centres and other youth groups across Southampton to young people aged 14 to 15 years old. Buzz sessions involve young people in discussions about the risks involved in drinking alcohol or using substances in order to equip them with the information they need to make healthy choices. There is an emphasis on exploring ways they can enjoy themselves without substances by participating in alternative activities.

The staff always have time for me

I find it really helpful to come in when I’m struggling with my mental health and just chat to the staff, it stops me doing something stupid.

Kai, 23

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