Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body.
There is no safe level of drug use – it always carries some risk.
How can alcohol affect you?
Alcohol affects everyone differently, based on:
- Size, weight and health
- Whether the person is used to taking it
- Whether other drugs are taken around the same time
- The amount drunk
- The strength of the drink.
What are some of the long-term effects of alcohol?
Regular use of alcohol may eventually cause:
- Regular colds or flu
- Difficulty getting an erection
- Poor memory and brain damage
- Difficulty having children
- Liver disease
- High blood pressure and heart disease
- Needing to drink more to get the same effect
- Dependence on alcohol
- Financial, work and social problems.
Drinking alcohol with other drugs
The effects of drinking and taking other drugs − including over-the-counter or prescribed medications − can be unpredictable and dangerous. Always consult your healthcare professional.
About Dry July
In July, over 11,000 Australians will be diagnosed with cancer. To raise funds for people affected by cancer, Aussies are being asked to ‘go dry’ in July.
Funds raised through Dry July go towards cancer support organisations to help improve patient comfort, care and wellbeing.
Having a month off alcohol also has great health benefits, such as sleeping better, having more energy and of course, no hangovers! So you’re not only helping others, you’re helping yourself. It’s a win-win!
If your use of alcohol is affecting your health, family, relationships, work, school, financial or other life situations, you can find help and support. You can also make an appointment to see us for a confidential chat and check-up.
Source: Alcohol and Drug Foundation
Note: This information is of a general nature only and should not be substituted for medical advice. It does not replace consultations with qualified healthcare professionals to meet your individual medical needs.