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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), online chat or SMS/Text: By texting CONNECT to 686868, you can chat confidentially with a trained, volunteer Crisis Responder for support with any issue, if you would like to stop the conversation text STOP.

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

Effects of Alcohol

The effects of drinking alcohol depend 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, too much alcohol can cause many 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

  • their weight and body type
  • their metabolism
  • their gender
  • whether they have eaten before drinking
  • what medication (if any) they’ve taken
  • the strength and size of their drink
  • how quickly they consume the drinks

Alcohol makes us think, move, and react slower. After one drink, we may feel more relaxed. As we continue to drink, our balance, coordination, balance and reaction time become more and more impaired. It also affects our judgment and ability to make decisions.

The effects of drinking alcohol depend on our state of mind (whether we are stressed out, bummed out, or feeling good).

Alcohol often lowers our 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 often

If you know about the effects of alcohol,you will have a better understanding of how alcohol affects you. Then you can reduce the chances 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.