The Effects of Alcohol

The Inner Spirit Model

Drinking alcohol and using drugs can weaken your spirit. Alcohol and other drugs use can have a devastating effect on individuals, families and communities. For more information on how drugs can weaken your spirit click here.

The Aboriginal Inner Spirit Model (Ngarlu Assessment Model) was developed by Joesph 'Nipper' Roe, who belonged to the Karajarri and Yawuru people
© Joe Roe, 2004. Used with permission of Aboriginal Alcohol and Other Drugs Program, DAO, WA


Our Inner Spirit is the centre of our being and emotions.

When our spirit feels strong our mind feels strong.

When our spirit feels tangled our mind feels tangled.

Strong Inner Spirit is what keeps people healthy and keeps them connected together.

Strong Inner Spirit keeps our family strong, our community strong and our country alive.

Drinking too much alcohol can slowly destroy your brain, your body and your relationships with other people and with country. 1


The only way to stop this from happening is to stop drinking alcohol and start looking after yourself. 1


To Learn about the effects of drugs, visit Drug Aware.



1 Cairney, S., Fitz, J., Thompson, S., Currie, J. 2009, The Grog Brain Story, St Vincent’s Hospital Melbourne and Menzies School of Health Research.

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