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Sometimes people use alcohol to help them cope with a problem. Although alcohol can make some people feel good at first and help someone forget about their problems for a bit, that feeling doesn’t last. Alcohol can mess with our bodies and our brains and can make people’s problems even worse, not better.

Alcohol can make some people feel like they're invincible and make decisions that they would never normally make. These can be things that they regret afterwards and make them feel bad.

There are also laws about buying and drinking alcohol. One of the reasons these laws exist is to protect young people from getting hurt in any way.

The best way to deal with a problem for good is to talk to someone about it, and to get advice and support from people who are trained to help.

Who can help

On the ChildLine website you can also find information and advice if you're worried about how much alcohol your parent or carer might be drinking.