Alcohol & substance misuse

A collection of tips, advice and local services to help deal with alcohol and substance misuse.


Smoking is the single biggest cause of preventable ill health in this country. Ninety per cent of adult smokers started to smoke before they were 18 years old. The earlier a person starts smoking, the more likely he or she will become a heavy smoker and suffer a greater risk of diseases caused by smoking.


Most young people in England will try alcohol before the age of 16. The proportion of 11 to 15 year olds who drink regularly is falling, although at the same time the average weekly consumption among young people who do drink has increased very sharply. See our sensible drinking page for more information and support.


Specialist substance misuse services saw fewer young people in 2016-17 than in the previous year (16,436, a decrease of 641 or 4% compared to 2015-16). This continues a downward trend, year-on-year, since a peak of 24,053 in 2008-09.

Please note that this information has been taken from GOV.UK


National Services

Local Services

Forward Leeds

Forward Leeds is the alcohol and drug service in Leeds for adults, young people and families. It is a confidential service open 5 days a week Monday-Friday 9am until 5pm and late appointments are available. It helps everyone whose lives are affected by alcohol or drug problems.

Tel: 0113 887 2477

One You Leeds

Stopping smoking is the single most helpful thing you can do to improve your health and the health of the people around you. For further information visit One You Leeds or call 0800 169 4219.