Alcohol Is The Most Widely Used Social Drug

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Alcohol is the most widely used social drug in New Zealand. Heavy drinkers risk serious alcohol related harm. Alcohol is a social drug that affects people in different ways, while a small amount of alcohol may be beneficial to the heart for some older people, ‘risky’ drinking can cause serious health, personal and social problems. Heavy drinkers, binge drinkers and very young drinkers are at risk. Binge drinking is a particular problem among younger people, but anyone who drinks heavily or drinks too much in one session is at risk of both immediate and long-term alcohol related harm
For children and young people under 18 years, not drinking is the safest option. Those who are under the age of 15 years of age at the greatest risk of harm from drinking alcohol and not drinking at this age is especially important for young people aged 15-17 years, the safest option is to delay drinking for as long as possible. If 15-17 year olds are drinking alcohol, they should be supervised, drink infrequently and at levels usually bellow and never exceeding the adult daily limits.
Effects of alcohol on health:
• Heart – Raised blood pressure and triglycerides (especially after binge drinking), damage to the heart muscle and stroke.
• Brain – Brain damage, tremors, dementia and nerve damage. Alcohol is a depressant drug and effects your co-ordination, self-control, judgment and reaction time.
• Stomach – Stomach inflammation (gastritis) and bleeding.
• Liver – Cancer, Hepatitis…
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