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What is alcohol?

Alcohol is a drug that acts as a depressant and slows down the brain and nervous system. It is the most widely used drug in Australia.

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Drinking a small amount is not harmful for most people, but excessive drinking on any one occasion can cause health, personal and social problems.

Immediate effects can include

  • relax / feel good
  • feel dizzy / have bad balance
  • bad co-ordination
  • react slowly

Effects depend on...

What alcohol does to you depends on how much you drink, how quickly you drink it, your size and weight, and whether you are male or female.

It can also depend on how good your general health is, how healthy your liver is, where you drink, whether you drink alone, whether you use alcohol with other drugs including medications and if there is a family history of alcohol dependence.

  • do or say things you normally wouldn't
  • blurred vision
  • get angry
  • depressed
  • vomit
  • slur your words

How alcohol affects your body

Tap a body part to learn more of the effects alcohol places on your body.

Long term effects can include

  • depression
  • frequent infections
  • diabetes
  • memory loss/confusion
  • poor diet
  • relationship problems
  • work problems
  • money or legal troubles
  • dependence

General information

Is alcohol a problem for you?

Anyone drinking regularly can develop a tolerance to alcohol. Tolerance means that you must drink more to feel the same effects you used to have with lower amounts.

The way you choose to stop is a personal one but there is assistance available.

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  • Whether you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol or other drugs, you can call ADIS any time of the day or week for support, information, counselling and referral to services in NSW.

    ADIS Web Chat is also available from Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays).

    24 hour support line

    1800 250 015

    More about Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW
  • The Alcohol & Drug Information Service (ADIS) Web Chat is a live online conversation with a professional counsellor. The service is free, confidential and open to anyone affected by alcohol and other drugs, including people concerned about their own use, or about a family member or friend. Web chat is only available for people living in NSW.

    The service is provided by ADIS at St Vincent's Hospital, in partnership with the NSW Ministry of Health.

    What to expect

    • A counsellor will chat with you about your alcohol or other drug concerns
    • A counsellor can provide a referral or contact information for relevant alcohol and drug services in NSW

    To start a web chat counselling session read and accept the 'Terms and Conditions of Use' below.

    Alternatively, if you would like to speak to a drug and alcohol counsellor over the phone, please call the National Alcohol and Other Drug helpline on 1800 250 015 which will direct you to your state service. The helpline is available 24/7 for anonymous and confidential support.

    Emergency Assistance

    Call Emergency Services on 000 if you:

    • require urgent medical attention or 
    • are in immediate danger or 
    • are at risk of harming yourself or someone else.

    Monday to Friday 8.30am – 5pm (including public holidays)

    Web Chat

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  • Your Service Hub is an online directory of alcohol and other drugs support, health and welfare services. If you need support for your own or someone else's substance use, you should use terms in Find Services like:

    • drug and alcohol family support

    • drug and alcohol Aboriginal services 

    • drug counselling

    • drug and alcohol rehabilitation

    • drug and alcohol residential treatment

    along with your suburb name to narrow the search to services near you.

    Not sure what service you need? Call the Alcohol and Drug Information Service on 1800 250 015.

    More about Your Service Hub
  • Drinks Meter is a free app available in the Apple and Android app stores. It gives you confidential, personal feedback about your alcohol use based on advice from doctors and Australian guidelines.

    It has a range of tools to help you track your drinks, set weekly goals to reduce your drinking, an interactive standard drinks pouring tool and referrals to NSW based telephone and coaching services. 

    Get started by downloading the Drinks Meter app through your app store.

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    App available for iPhone and Android

    Drinks Meter

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