Alcohol is the most widely available legal drug in this country. It comes in all shapes, sizes and most importantly strengths, from alcopops through lager and beer to spirits, like whisky and vodka.
Spirits or shorts contain way more alcohol than wine or beer. Surprisingly, the same glass filled with alcopop can contain more alcohol than one of beer or cider. So, you need to think carefully about what you’re drinking and how much alcohol is in it. Just because there’s not much in your glass, doesn’t mean you can keep on drinking without any effect.
Put simply, alcohol makes your body respond more slowly to what’s going on around you.
One or a couple of drinks can make you feel relaxed and chatty. Keep drinking and your coordination and judgment will be affected – so you’re more likely to fall over or do or say something you’ll live to regret! You might feel really rough the next day (a hangover) or blackout and be unable to remember anything you did (more regrets). Binge drinking can leave you unconscious or even kill you.
Too much alcohol over a long time can damage your liver and lead to a host of other serious health illnesses.
When you’re a teenager your brain’s still developing, so alcohol affects you differently to adults. Girls are more vulnerable to alcohol’s effects than boys. So think carefully about drinking.
Also, if you’re under 18 it’s against the law for you to buy alcohol in a pub, shop or online. All advice is not to drink alcohol until you’re 18 to stay safe.
For those old enough to drink legally, the Government provides guidelines about how much alcohol to drink so your health doesn’t suffer and you’re safe to drive. Lots of people are left scratching their heads about units of alcohol:
Because of the risks, the government has recommended guidelines around how much alcohol you should drink for your health and to stay within the law if you are driving. 1 unit of alcohol is half a pint of lower strength beer, lager or cider or 25mls of spirits. For more information you can also visit the Drinkware website has an app that can track and calculate the units that you are drinking.
It is against the law for anyone under the age of 18 to buy alcohol in a pub, off-licence or supermarket or on-line. Head to the Alcohol and Young People page on the Government website for information on the law.
If you do decide to drink alcohol, make sure that you also drink plenty of water because this help to reduce the effects on your body.
Relate Bradford are a local charity that offer a conselling service for young people for all kinds of persona issues including addition and offer workshops, consultations and support face-to-face and by phone.
The Bridge project is a Bradford-based charity with the mission of helping individuals and families to achieve recovery from addictions.
If you think that you might be addicted to drugs or alcohol then you can get some help and support from the Bradford Young people's drug and alcohol service (YPDAS).
The Frank website also has some really great information about alcohol its effects and risks
Find some more useful information about Alcohol on the Talk about alcohol website.