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If you find yourself in need of immediate help, call Emergency Services – 911.

These are examples of situations that you should seek immediate help:

  • Thinking about ending your life or trying to end your life.
  • Feeling scared because you’re experiencing sensations that aren’t real and/or beliefs that can’t possibly be true.
  • Becoming unable to care for yourself, and it’s putting you at risk of serious harm.
  • Experiencing an alcohol or any other drug overdose.
  • Taking a dangerous combination of substances (like medications and alcohol).

Call 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433), Live Chat or SMS/Text: Text 45645 anytime if you are considering suicide or are concerned about someone who may be. 

For other phone, chat or text support options, visit our Get Support section.

Effects of Alcohol

The effects of drinking alcohol are dependent on the person's state of mind (whether they are stressed out, bummed out, or feeling good).

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Alcohol affects different people in different ways and the effects of alcohol depend on many factors. Small amounts of alcohol can result in a relaxing, enjoyable state of mind. But we also know that too much alcohol can result in a host of negative effects such as blurred state of mind, confusion, dizziness, vomiting, passing out, and even death from alcohol poisoning.

People absorb alcohol at different rates due to weight, body type, metabolism, gender, whether they have eaten before drinking and any medication being taken. The strength and size of a drink and how quickly the drinks are consumed also play into how drunk someone becomes.

Alcohol makes us think, move, and react slower. After one drink a person may feel more relaxed. As they continue to drink, their coordination, balance and reaction time become more and more impaired. Judgment and ability to make decisions are also affected.

The effects of drinking alcohol are dependent on the person’s state of mind (whether they are stressed out, bummed out, or feeling good).

Alcohol often lowers a person’s inhibitions – it helps people to loosen up. Some find it easier to talk to other people or be with a group. Others might say or do things they probably wouldn’t do if they weren’t drinking. This is where they can get into trouble, as they may take risks that could harm them.

Taking risks when you’ve been drinking can lead to:

  • Physical injury and possibly death – alcohol-related injury is the major cause of death in young people
  • Sexual risk-taking – this can include unwanted sexual contact, unwanted pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases
  • Suicide and self-harm – both of these are higher in young people who drink heavily or frequently

Being knowledgeable about the effects of alcohol can help you to better understand how alcohol affects you and what you can do to reduce the likelihood of something bad happening to you.

What Next?

If you want to find out if this is something you are experiencing or are looking for tips for safer alcohol use here are a few options.