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 youâ€™re a woman or youâ€™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 youâ€™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.Â Once youâ€™ve answered the questions, youâ€™ll receive the test results, with information about your score. Depending on your score, weâ€™ll make certain recommendations.