Sinister Substances

Key Fact

What is a drug?

A drug is something that changes the way your mind and body works.

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Top Tips


  • Cigarettes, alcohol and solvents are dangerous chemicals, which are bad for your health.
  • The law says shopkeepers cannot sell you cigarettes, alcohol or solvents when you are under the age of 18.
  • It is against the law to smoke in a public place due to the effect it has on others.

Rapping Rhymes

Smoking, drinking, or taking a drug,

Isn’t clever and makes you a mug.

Sniff, drink, or smoke?

If friends do it don’t you be a dope.

Always remember you have a choice:

Be true to yourself, you have a voice.


I will help you learn:

  • the facts about drugs,
  • the risks of taking drugs, and
  • the laws about tobacco, alcohol and solvents.

Question and Answer

Question: Why are solvents so dangerous?
Answer: Solvents can kill you the first time you try them.
Question: How can someone else smoking harm me?
Answer: Cigarette smoke can harm you as you breathe in the dangerous chemicals.
Question: Why is alcohol dangerous?
Answer: Because you are more likely to take risks and have an accident.

If you need help, phone ChildLine on

0800 1111

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For help about drugs, phone Dan 24/7 on

0808 808 2234

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