How they make you feel in the long term
Alcohol and drug use can leave you feeling anxious, agitated, panicked, flat, unmotivated and moody, while your sense of reality can also be affected. These reactions may be short term but they can affect the way you think, make decisions and behave. There is a risk that while intoxicated you might act in ways that are out of character and that you later regret; you might act aggressively, take unnecessary risks or attempt to hurt yourself.
In the longer term drug and alcohol use can increase your chances of developing a mental health problem, such as depression and anxiety, and for some people their drug use can also trigger psychosis. If you already have a mental health problem drug and alcohol use can worsen your symptoms, while also making your recovery much harder.