Other names for alcohol
Booze, drink, spirits, liquor, schnapps.
What is alcohol?
What alcohol is:
- Alcohol is one of the drugs that suppress feelings or pain
- Most beers contain 5% or more alcohol, wines 12% and spirits 30% to 40%
- Mixed drinks and alcopops contain 5% to 8% alcohol
- Shots (spirits in small bottles) can contain up to 35%
- Alcohol disperses throughout your body
- Young people and women have lower amounts of bodily fluids. If you’re a woman or you’re not fully grown, the same drink will put more alcohol into your blood.
Effects of alcohol
After a couple of drinks, you feel cheerful and relaxed.
- You feel more self-confident and talkative.
- If you keep drinking, you get overconfident. You soon have more trouble reacting to situations.
- If you still keep drinking, your cheerful mood may disappear.
- You have more trouble talking, walking and focusing your eyes.
Risks of alcohol
What are the risks of drinking alcohol?
- Alcohol makes you fat. One beer contains over 100 calories, a small glass of wine has 80 and a mixed drink has 170 calories.
- You can get blackouts and forget what happened the night before.
- You can get hangovers and feel headachy and queasy all day.
- Alcohol can damage your brain. If you’re under age 24, it can also retard your brain development.
- You can get alcohol poisoning and pass out from drinking large amounts. That risk is much higher for young people than for adults.
- You can become psychologically and physically dependent on alcohol.
The following test will help you discover whether you are taking too many risks. Once you’ve answered the questions, you’ll receive the test results, with information about your score. Depending on your score, we’ll make certain recommendations.