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Alcohol

Alcoholic drinks, such as beer, wine and spirits

Also called:

  • Bevvy
  • Booze

Quick info

How the drug works varies from person to person

How you might feel
Sociable, chatty, relaxed and/or anxious, aggressive, risk-taking.
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Effects on your body
Too much alcohol can mean slurred speech, blurred vision, loss of balance/coordination.
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How long it takes to work
Effects kick in within about 10 minutes or so, depending on the strength of your drink and how fast you drink it.
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How long the effects last
Can stay in your system for several hours - hangover next day.
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Common risks
Binge drinking can lead to injuries from falls, accidents or assaults. Long-term effects include damage to the brain, body and organs. Mixing alcohol with benzos or other depressants can increase the risk of death.
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Help and advice

What to do in an emergency

If you or someone else needs urgent help after taking drugs or drinking, call 999 for an ambulance. Tell the crew everything you know. It could save their life.

What else to do in an emergency