Alcohol is a drug.
It is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly.
It affects the mind of the user by reducing a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment.
Teenage Drinking: Facts and Fiction
Alcohol is the most popular and most widely used recreational drug in Australian culture. But how does binge drinking really affect individuals physically, socially and psychologically? What are the short and long term effects? What are the direct and indirect consequences? Exploring the issue through the eyes of our youth, this programme takes an in depth look at this major health issue and investigates the concept of binge drinking and what can happen when it gets out of hand. We discuss; the effects of alcohol, reasons for binge drinking, addiction, consequences, associated risks with binge drinking and responsible behaviour.
SOURCE: ClickView (2009) Rated PG, Duration 23:08 mins.