What are the effects of alcohol?


It’s a drug, but most Australians openly use it and share it with friends and family. But that doesn’t mean alcohol is a safe drug.

For many people, alcohol is a great way for them to relax and take the edge off their stressful lives. For others, alcohol is used to make them feel more confident, particularly in social situations. This is because alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages that travel from your brain to your body.

But a feeling of relaxation and increased confidence are only two of the side effects of alcohol consumption. Other, more negative side effects, include a difficulty in concentrating and slower reflexes, which is why alcohol and driving or working is a poor mix. Drink more and the list of side effects grows: confusion, clumsiness, blurred vision and, of course, nausea and vomiting, are side effects that many of us have experienced after a big night on the drink.

If you’re a regular drinker, there is also a long list of negative side effects to consider, including poor general health, depression, poor memory, cancer, liver disease and heart disease.

Yes, alcohol may be a widely used drug in Australia, with around 40% of us consuming alcohol every week, but that doesn’t mean it’s a safe drug.

What are the side effects of alcohol?

By Michael

Michael is the founder of Integrity Sampling and is responsible for overseeing all national operations. He is based at Integrity Sampling's head office in Melbourne and is also responsible for the co-ordination of drug and alcohol testing within Victoria, assisting in the implementation of drug and alcohol (fit for work) policies and the presentation of drug and alcohol education and awareness programs. You can connect with Michael Wheeldon on LinkedIn

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