Drugs & Alcohol

North Wales Police take seriously the issues of drug and alcohol misuse and are determined to tackle the negative behaviours which can result.

Most people know that drinking too much alcohol and taking illegal drugs can damage the health of the individual, and also have a big impact on their families and communities.

Over consumption of alcohol is often linked to anti-social behaviour; fights, vandalism and rowdy behaviour particularly around pubs, clubs and takeaways. The use of illegal drugs can lead to crimes such as burglary, theft and violence.

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Alcohol is found in drinks like beer, lager, alco-pop, cider, wine and spirits and is measured as a percentage (%) of the drink. 

BEWARE: The higher the %, the stronger the drink.

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The street name for amphetamine is 'speed'.
Like cocaine, it is a stimulant that people take to keep them awake and alert.

It’s Britain’s least pure illegal drug.

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The most widely used illegal drug in Britain. It’s a naturally occurring drug made from parts of the cannabis plant. It’s a mild hallucinogen and often gives sedative like effects that make some people feel chilled out and others feel sick. It’s not very expensive and widely available.

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Cigarettes contain tobacco (dried leaves of tobacco plants) and tobacco contains the drug nicotine, which is highly addictive. When you begin to smoke tobacco, it can be very difficult to stop.

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Cocaine (Coke) is a white powder that’s usually divided into lines on a smooth surface and snorted up the nose.


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A rock of crack is about the size of a raisin and is white/creamy coloured. It is usually smoked in a pipe, glass tube, plastic bottle or in foil. Most people take it this way and it is known as 'freebasing'. Crack is occasionally injected.

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Mephedrone is a stimulant drug and is often a crystal-like powder. The colour can vary from white to yellow to brown. It is usually snorted like cocaine or swallowed or ‘bombed’ in wraps of paper. It can be smoked and in rare cases may be injected. It can also come in capsules and pills.


  • Dan 24/7 - Wales Drug & Alcohol Helpline
  • nw:dai - North Wales Drugs & Alcohol Information