So widely used and accepted that it isn’t often that most people think of alcohol as being a drug, the difference being that alcohol is legal, however it is illegal to drink alcohol in the streets in Scotland.
Alcohol has very paradoxical effects, meaning that in small amounts it acts as a stimulant but after a few more it acts as a depressant. Effects vary depending upon the type of drink, the amount you drink, body size and rate of consumption to mention a few.
Likely to feel
Less inhibited and more sociable. You may have an increased sex drive but are likely to have a decreased sexual performance.
Alcohol damages various organs, can cause brain damage and cirrhosis of the liver. It is also possible to overdose on alcohol and die from alcohol poisoning. You may also have an accident from loss of co-ordination and control.
For some people drink produces violent behaviour or causes depression. After too many drinks some people feel nauseous and it is possible to die from pulmonary oedema, drowning in your own vomit. Alcohol is of course also addictive.
Know your own limits, if before coming to University you haven’t drunk much take it slowly until you know how much you can handle. If you feel that the alcohol is hitting you too quickly have a break and a soft drink before carrying on. Remember also that the darker the colour of your drink the worst your hangover is likely to be.
If you are out drinking always plan how you are going to get home and don't spend your taxi fare at the bar, if you have to, keep your money separate. Or keep some money at home so you can always go in and get enough to pay for a taxi once you get back.
If you are out with a group and you are all drinking remember at the end of the night not to leave anyone behind and if you decide to leave early let your friends know.
After a night out it is a good idea to drink a pint of water before you go to bed and take a multi-vitamin to replenish the vitamins and minerals you’ve lost, if you can manage it have something to eat, like a slice of toast.
The morning after keep drinking fluid because you will be dehydrated, have water, juice, soft drinks, Iru Bru, whatever works for you. Your blood sugar level will be low so have a sugary drink or a cup of tea or coffee to perk you up. An aspirin or paracetamol might also help and again try and eat something if you can.