Alcohol Information

Alcohol Information



Other names

Booze, Bevy, Drink, Ethyl Alcohol, Ethanol, Methylated Spirits, Beer, Cider, Sherry, Wine, Spirits, Liquors

What is looks like & how it is taken

Available in various liquid forms including attractively flavoured alcopops and cocktails

Mixing different types of alcoholic drinks, making it difficult to know how much has been consumed

The effects

Immediate effects dependent upon amount used, age, gender, physical build, mental state and other factors

Short term users feel relaxed with lowered inhibitions and affects reaction times and decision making

Heavier use can lead to emotional highs and lows, uncoordinated movement, blackouts and unconsciousness

Nausea and sickness at any point

Drinking alcohol may be an acceptable social pastime but it can lead to social and physical difficulties

The health risks


Liver damage

Delirium tremens (The shakes or DTs) - when withdrawing

Risk of suffocation from inhaling vomit when unconscious

Overdose is a particular risk if mixed with other drugs and can lead to death

Legal Status

Can be sold to people over 18 years old in licensed premises

People over 14 years of age can visit licensed premises but cannot consume alcohol

16/17 year olds can consume beer, cider or perry with a meal in a restaurant or bar if bought by an adult who is with them

It is illegal to give alcohol to a child under the age of 5

Being drunk in a public place and driving under the influence of alcohol are offences in law

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