What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a depressant. It slows down your brain and this affects the way you think, feel and behave.

Alcohol is a drug and can be toxic.

Beer, wine, spirits or hard liquor, liqueurs, ports, sherries and homebrew all contain different amounts of alcohol.

The more alcohol a drink contains the stronger it will be.

Large quantities of alcohol are poisonous.

To learn more about other drugs, visit Drug Aware.

What does it do?

When you drink alcohol it gets into your bloodstream, it circulates around your body including your brain.

Alcohol slows down your brain and affects the way it carries messages. It also affects how your brain talks to other parts of your body.

At first you might feel relaxed and happy. At the same time your liver is working really hard to break down the alcohol and clear any toxins out of your body. A healthy liver can break down about one standard drink per hour.

If you are drinking faster than your body can get rid of the alcohol you will get increasingly drunk, and the alcohol may begin to cause some damage.

That is why it is really important to take it easy and not drink more than the recommended amounts.

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Adapted from @Menzies School of Health Research – The Grog Brain Story.
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1 The grog book, alcohol is a drug.

2 Menzies school of health, the grog brain.

3 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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