Many people don’t realise that the ethanol contained in alcohol is, in fact, a drug. Produced as a result of the fermentation process, it affects almost all of the body’s cells and systems.
- slows down your reflexes;
- impedes your judgment; and
- impacts your balance and coordination.
Alcohol is the most widely used recreational drug in Australia.
It’s also a depressant, slowing down the central nervous system and inhibiting many of the brain’s functions.
Having coffee, vomiting or taking a cold shower won’t remove alcohol from your system, despite common misconceptions.
Discover how alcohol affects your body, organs and systems with the body diagram. We’ve also put together helpful tips for drinking in moderation, and a reminder of the short term and long term effects of misusing alcohol.