Alcohol is a legal depressant drug that reduces the function or activity of a specific part of the body or brain.
Alcohol is a depressant drug affecting the central nervous system;
- In small doses it can reduce anxiety and lessen inhibitions making you feel more sociable. It can also exaggerate the mood you’re in when you start drinking.
- It slows down your reaction times and reflexes and effects balance and motor control.
- The short-term effects of alcohol can last for a day or two, depending on how much you drank, including the hangover.
- Long-term effects include damage to body that can take years to develop and this leads to a wide range of serious health problems; these can include liver and kidney problems as well as cancers that you may not realise are due to alcohol.
If consumed within safer drinking limits there is no reason why it cannot be enjoyed safely
The government advises you should not regularly drink more than 2-3 units a day if you’re a women and 3-4 units a day if you’re a man and both should have at least 2 days alcohol free per week. If you have recently had a binge or heavy drinking session you should allow at least 48 hours for your body to recover.
For some people any amount of alcohol can be dangerous, for example pregnant women, those with existing health conditions or those taking other prescribed medication.
If your alcohol consumption has caused you serious problems with relationships, finances, health or the criminal justice system or you have undergone an alcohol detoxification you are strongly advised not to drink alcohol at all.
When you make the decision to drink you must be responsible for the amount of alcohol you consume. Drinking above recommended safe limits can leave you in an extremely vulnerable position