Alcohol and drug misuse, and their related harms, cost our society hundreds of millions of pounds every year. However, this financial burden can never fully describe the full impact that substance misuse has on many vulnerable individuals, including children and young people, families, and communities in Northern Ireland. Alcohol and drug misuse have therefore been identified as significant public health and social issues in Northern Ireland over many years, and they continue to be a key priority.

For further information

The ‘New Strategic Direction for Alcohol and Drugs – Phase 2’ (2018-19) describes the direction for alcohol and drugs initiatives which will be required over the next five years, encompassing the spectrum from prevention to treatment.


The Hidden Harm Action Plan (DHSSPS) highlights the impact on children of the substance misuse of their parents and carers. The action plan challenges those who interact with and provide services to children, to become aware and competent to respond to the needs of children and their families.


The Alcohol and Drug Commissioning Framework for Northern Ireland 2013-16 brings together the most up to date data on alcohol and drug misuse in Northern Ireland. It describes the evidence base outlining what is effective in addressing prevention, early intervention, treatment and rehabilitation.

Useful Websites


The Connection Team have adapted targeted information and awareness sessions on a range of alcohol and/or drug related topics.

The topics include:

  • Alcohol and Other Drugs in Sports and Life (players and staff)
  • New Psychoactive Substance Awareness
  • Parent’s Substance Awareness Session
  • Substance Awareness Session

Alcohol AwarenessTraining can be provided, if you think that your group would benefit from one of the sessions or you would like to meet me to discuss this further please do not hesitate to contact NDACT Connections ServicE 

T: 028 9043 5810  |  M: 07814 643 711 Start360, 7-9 Wellington Street, Ballymena, BT43 6AB