What is alcohol?

Alcohol can take the form of many drinks. The base chemical that makes them alcoholic is ethyl alcohol. The consumption of alcohol in and of itself is not necessarily harmful or destructive. However, drinking too much alcohol or drinking consistently over a long period of time can be very destructive and harmful to your health and your life.

How is alcohol used?

Alcohol always takes the form of beverages like beer, wine, and liquor.

How does alcohol affect people who have used it?

People who drink alcohol may experience:

  • slurred speech
  • feelings of euphoria
  • blurred vision
  • dizziness
  • lowered inhibitions and judgement
  • nausea and vomiting
  • dehydration
  • slower reaction times

What are the health effects of alcohol?

There are many long-term effects of alcohol use. Those who abuse alcohol consistently over a long period of time may experience:

  • anemia
  • cardiovascular disease
  • cirrhosis or liver problems
  • kidney problems
  • dementia
  • depression
  • weight gain
  • nerve damage