What is Alcohol?


Alcohol is a classed as a depressant drug. Depressant drugs slow down the messages travelling between the brain and body.

How did it come about?
The earliest known evidence comes from 7,000 BCE in China, where residue in clay pots has revealed that people were making an alcoholic beverage from fermented rice, millet, grapes, and honey. Within a few thousand years, cultures all over the world were fermenting their own drinks.
What’s more?
What does it look like?

It is a colourless fermented or brewed liquid made from ethanol and flavoured water.

Other names

Booze, grog, piss, liquor, charge, plonk, bevvies, nip

Effects of it?

Just like any other substance that is considered a drug, there is a level risk associated with consumption of it. It’s important to be careful when taking any type of drug, especially it.

The Australian guidelines recommend no more than 10 standard drinks a week and no more than 4 drinks in one day to reduce the risk of harm from alcohol-related disease or injury.

It affects everyone differently, based on:

  • First – size, weight and health
  • whether the person is used to consuming it
  • whether other drugs are taken around the same time
  • the amount consumed
  • Lastly. the strength of the drink

After consuming it, you may experience:

  • feeling relaxed
  • trouble concentrating
  • slower reflexes
  • increased confidence
  • feeling happier or sadder, depending on your mood

Equally important, if you or someone else you know needs advice on substance use please make contact with the Alcohol and Drug Foundation via the link below.


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