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.
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.
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.
Call the Alcohol and Drug Support Line on (08) 9442 5000 or 1800 198 024 toll free for country callers.
For emergencies call the 000 emergency line.