What we mean by alcohol here is alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine and spirits. There are other forms of Alcohol used such as methanol and butanol, which are much more toxic and should never be consumed.
Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down your body’s responses in all kinds of ways. It can make you feel sociable and remove inhibitions, but drink too much and you’ll have a hangover the next day. Everyone’s tolerance is different and more serious consequences of alcohol can include memory loss, alcohol poisoning, coma’s or or even death, in extreme cases.
Although it’s legal for people aged 18 and over to buy and drink alcohol, you should always stay safe and recognise your limits.
Alcohol is a depressant and generally slows down brain activity:
• A small amount can reduce feelings of anxiety and reduce inhibitions, which can help you feel more sociable.
• It can exaggerate whatever mood you’re in when you start drinking.
• The short-term effects of alcohol can last for a day or two, depending on how much you drank, including any hangover.
• Long-term effects include damage to the brain, body and its organs. This can take years to develop and can lead to a wide range of serious health problems, like cancers, that you may not realise are due to alcohol.
A unit is a way of expressing the actual amount of pure alcohol that is in a drink. This allows you to compare how strong one type of alcoholic drink is to another type. For example:
• half a pint of lower-strength beer, lager or cider (ABV 3.6%), or a 25ml measure of spirits (ABV 40%) is 1 unit,
• one pint of stronger beer (ABV 5%) can be almost 3 units, and
• one large glass (250mls) of mid-strength wine (ABV 12-13%) can be over three units.
Check the label on drinks as they often show the number of alcohol units. If they don’t, you can calculate the units by multiplying its ABV (ABV is ‘alcohol by volume’ and shows you the strength of an alcoholic drink), by the volume of the drink (in mls) and then dividing by 1,000:
The information above has been taken from ‘Talk to FRANK’ for more information go to the FRANK website.
Remember that the more you have of a drink, and the stronger the drink, the more units you are drinking.
The Mix offers non-judgmental facts and advice about drink, drugs, legal highs and the side effects to allow you to make the right decisions.
Drinking alcohol is deeply ingrained in British culture, it is something most of our parents, grandparents, family and friends do when they are socialising. If you are worried about someone else’s drinking there are places you can get help and information.
Planning a night out or a house party, its worth knowing what to do if things get out of hand, check out this guide on looking after a drunk friend.
Vomiting, fainting and loss of consciousness are all associated with alcohol misuse. If you’re with someone who stops having a good time, and goes from bad to worse, some simple first aid steps could save their life.
If you’re really worried about a mate who has drunk too much, or if they fall unconscious then call 999 and ask for an ambulance immediately. It might save a life and you won’t get into trouble.
DELTA young people’s Drug and Alcohol Service provides information, advice and support to young people who are using drugs and/or alcohol. DELTA will not tell you what to do. However we will make sure you are fully aware of the risks and dangers of alcohol use, and encourage you to keep safe. The service can help you to cut down or stop using alcohol. You can if you wish self-refer in to our service, though depending on your age we may need permission for your parent or carer.
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