Alcohol, Drugs, and Substance Misuse

Alcohol is a large part of life on the Isles of Scilly. Alcohol has both a positive and a negative side to it. On the one hand, we enjoy relaxing and having a drink, on the other hand alcohol can contribute to problems in communities and households, as well as having a damaging impact on our health.

In fact, nearly 30% of adults in Cornwall and Isles of Scilly (CIoS) drink above recommended healthy levels, which is higher than the national average. Additionally adults in CIoS are more likely to binge drink compared to nationally and our alcohol related hospital admissions are also higher. 

Alcohol and other drug misuse, is when someone’s drinking or drug use becomes problematic, harmful, or dependent. This means that when someone is:

  • Putting themselves of others in danger
  • Continues to drink or take drugs even if it puts them at risk of illness (both psychological or physical)
  • Craves alcohol or other drugs and continues to use them even though it may be causing them health, social, or financial problems.


Frank is a national anti-drug advisory service. It is intended to reduce the use of both legal and illegal drugs by educating teenagers and adolescents about the potential effects of drugs. Talk to Frank for facts, support, and advice on drugs and alcohol. Find a support centre or call 0300 123 6600 or visit them on 

We Are With You

With You support adults and young people to make positive behavioural changes. Whether that’s with alcohol, drugs, or mental health and wellbeing, they are there to help people improve their lives in ways they never thought possible.

Telephone 0333 2000 325 (available 24 hours)


YZUP (young people): 01872 300816


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