Alcohol

Alcohol



Alcohol & the teenage brain

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    Alcohol can disrupt important development in the brain. Teenage drinking can result in significant changes in certain parts of the brain & the regions most affected are responsible for learning, memory & decision making.

    The earlier a young person starts drinking, the greater their risk of becoming dependent on alcohol. 

    A person is 4x more likely to become dependent on alcohol if they start drinking before the age of 15 as opposed to those who wait until the legal drinking age. 

  • How can it affect you?

    Alcohol use can harm young persons mental health. Rates of depression and anxiety in young people are significantly higher when they are drinking to harmful or dependent levels.

    Drinking alcohol can cause young people to make poor decisions or lead them into harmful situations including:

    • Getting in trouble with the law
    • Using other drugs
    • STI’s or unplanned pregnancies
    • Accidents or injuries
    • Victim of Assaults or other crimes
    • Unwanted sexual activity

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Side Effects of Alcohol

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Alcohol affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

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    There is no safe level of drug use. Use of any drug always carries risk.

    Alcohol affects everyone differently, based on:

    • The amount taken
    • A person’s size, weight and health
    • Whether the person is used to taking it
    • Whether other drugs are taken around the same time

  • Some side effects of drinking alcohol include:

    Slurred speech

    Vision impairment

    Lack of coordination

    Extreme shifts in mood

    Memory lapses

    Slowed breathing

    Nausea/Vomiting

    Alcohol Poisoning

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    Some side effects of drinking alcohol include:

    Slurred speech

    Vision impairment

    Lack of coordination

    Extreme shifts in mood

    Memory lapses

    Slowed breathing

    Nausea/Vomiting

    Alcohol Poisoning

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    The long-term side effects associated with heavy drinking are:

    Cardiovascular diseases

    Liver disease

    Respiratory infections

    Cancer

    Nerve Damage

    Ulcers

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    The long-term side effects associated with heavy drinking are:

    Cardiovascular diseases

    Liver disease

    Respiratory infections

    Cancer

    Nerve Damage

    Ulcers




Mixing Alcohol with other substances

The effects of using Alcohol with other drugs including over-the-counter or prescribed medications can be unpredictable and dangerous.


Mixing your drinkings will not make you more drunk but it will increase the likelihood of vomiting.