Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down your body's responses in all kinds of ways. Just enough can make you feel sociable; too much and you’ll have a hangover the next day, and may not even remember what you got up to; and way too much alcohol in a single session could put you in a coma or even kill you.
What does it do?
It can make you feel relaxed, sociable
and more confident
You can lose your inhibitions and you
could do things you might regret
It can exaggerate the mood you are in
before you started drinking
It can make you slur your words and lose your
Too much alcohol can make feel sick,
vomit or pass out
What are risks of drinking alcohol?
The day after you may feel low, irritable and depressed because of the 'hangover'.
It can make some people feel aggressive. However don't think 'Alcohol makes people violent' most people who drink alcohol dont become aggressive.
Under the influence of alcohol you might take risks you wouldn't normally do (fighting, unprotected sex, taking other drugs) and have an increased risk of an accident.
Alcohol is addictive and some people have long term dependency problems with it.
Alcohol is a known cause of many health problems.
Concerns for young people and alcohol
You have probably heard about the risks of young people drinking, maybe at school or in the media.
There are also concerns about the rise in underage 'Binge Drinking' (where you drink a lot in a single session)
There are limits on the amount of units you should drink a day.
For Men the limit is 3-4 units a day.
For Women it is 2-3 units.
These guidlines are for adults, and it is recommended that you don't drink until you are at least 18, for those under 15 its even more important to consider the impact of alcohol as it can have a far greater effect on your still growing body.