Drugs & Alcohol

Studies in Ireland, and internationally, have shown higher levels of alcohol misuse among the LGBTQI+ community. Drinking or taking drugs can be done for many reasons. Sometimes it can lower our physical and mental health and make everyday life a bit more of a struggle. Knowing how alcohol and drugs affect us, and learning more about these substances can help keep us safe.

If you decide to take drugs we recommend you

    • Try and know the facts
    • Start low and go slow
    • Mind yourself and look out for others
    • Reduce the harms

 

What is Harm Reduction?

Harm reduction refers to policies, programmes and practices that aim to minimise negative health, social and legal impacts associated with drug use, drug policies and drug laws.

Harm reduction is grounded in justice and human rights. It focuses on positive change and on working with people without judgement, coercion, discrimination, or requiring that they stop using drugs as a precondition of support.

 

At man2man.ie we have tips and guidelines to help you reduce the harms if you are taking alcohol or drugs. This information will help you know more about the drug, its effects and how to reduce the harms to help keep you and others safe. When you are drinking alcohol or taking drugs, mind yourself and look out for others.

 

Alcohol

Poppers

G/GHB/GBL

Ketamine (K)

Crystal Meth

NPS (Meph)

Chemsex

Safer Injecting

 

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