Alcohol and its effects

Alcohol and its effects

Alcohol is all around us, in the shops, when we go out and at parties. Many drink to celebrate and relax with their mates, and others to cope or feel more confident.

Most young adults drink responsibly and don’t drink more that the low risk guidelines of up to 14 units (about 7 drinks) a week and, in fact, 3 in 10 choose not to drink at all.

Because too much alcohol changes our reactions, behaviour and mood, it’s really important that those who do drink understand the risks to themselves and others linked to drinking too much or in the wrong way.

Alcohol slows down (depresses) the nervous system, affecting our reactions, coordination and decision making. This can be relaxing and sociable for one or two drinks, but drinking more than that makes someone more likely to have an accident or get involved in a fight. It also increases the likelihood of having unprotected or regretted sex and makes them more vulnerable to others e.g. drink spiking. Drinking excessively also leads to hangover and affects a person’s ability to give consent.

How too much alcohol affects the body

How too much alcohol affects the body

Potential danger of drinking alcohol

True story – When Jordan was 16 he drank over half a bottle of brandy. He set out just wanting to enjoy himself, but after his experience with alcohol, his attitude to drinking has changed significantly.

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