And the Impact It can Have on Your Life

What Is Alcohol & Why Is It Bad?

Alcohol has been use throughout history in many ways, but is thought to have started about 10,000 years ago, about 8000BC. Nowadays, Alcohol comes in many forms, wine, beer, cider, vodka and countless other spirits, but they all have one thing in common, alcohol is a depressant drug, it slows the messages which travel between the body and the brain, so it will take you longer to react, this is why if you are under the influence of any drug, including alcohol, you can not drive, or undertake any activities which require your full attention.

alcohol releases a chemical pain killer, which dulls the senses, called endorphin. like many other drugs, alcohol makes people feel good (the reason many people choose to drink it), resulting in addictions and life long problems including liver disease and throat or mouth cancer, as well as the result of actions while intoxicated (drunk), like imprisonment for sexual assault, domestic violence, and many more.

there are also short term affects of alcohol, like slurred speech, vomiting and headaches, distorted vision, and in some extreme cases, comas and memory loss.

although some people choose to use alcohol to make themselves feel better, others are forced to drink, because it is the norm and a widely accepted response to grief or happiness,made to feel bad by others, teased and subjected to peer pressure.

If you know someone who you believe drinks to much alcohol (AKA an alcoholic), or are one yourself, you can cut down your alcohol consumption by:

  1. Keeping track of your drinking habits. Instead of relying on memory, write down your drinks in a book to see how much and how often you really drink.
  2. Don’t drink on an empty stomach. A full stomach slows down the absorption of alcohol.
  3. Take it slow. After each sip, put your drink down.

OR you could go to Riverlands Drug & Alcohol Centre in Lismore (call 02 6620 7600 for more information) where they can help with your addiction or cut you off from alcohol altogether.