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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.

    24 hour support line

    1800 250 015

    More about Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS) NSW
  • 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.

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