When times get tough people can turn to drinking or drugs to cope with stress and anxiety. They can seem to reduce worries or help us to cope with difficulties in life. But in many cases they make you feel worse – physically and emotionally.
If you already have a mental health problem or get depressed, taking drugs or alcohol can heighten those feelings. Regular and heavy drinking or drug use can also affect your home life, school/college work, friendships and relationships and stop you functioning normally.
There are better ways to cope with stress, like eating well, exercising regularly and taking time out to spend with friends or do something you enjoy.