By Jamie Basheer (CRS)

What is Alcohol

Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug in Australia. Alcohol is a flammable liquid, that is the produced by wine, beer, spirits, and vodka. Alcohol is a depressant drug. This means that it slows down the activity of the central nervous system and the messages going between the brain and the body. It could cause harm for the rest of your life or create significant health problems.

Short and Long term Effects of Alcohol

Alcohol can produce many short term effects on your body depending how much you drink. Depending on how much is taken and the physical condition of the individual, alcohol can cause:

· Slurred speech

· Drowsiness

· Vomiting

· Diarrhea

· Headaches

Alcohol can also have many long term effects on your body and can potentially ruin your life. Binge drinking and continued alcohol use in large amounts are associated with many health problems, including:

· Liver disease

· Nerve damage

· Unintentional injuries such as car crashes, falls, burns and drowning

· High blood pressure, stroke, and other heart-related diseases

Statistics and Trends on Alcohol Use

"You booze, you cruise, you lose. Just dont do it"

Prevention Strategies

Whether it’s yours or someone else’s drinking problem, there are services that can help. Some of these services are listed below:

SMART Recovery: free self-help program offering face-to-face or online group support

Alcoholics Anonymous

The Australian Centre for Addiction Research: offers free controlled drinking programs by correspondence or online

The Australian Drug Foundation

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