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Effects of Alcohol
(Source: Centre for Addiction and Mental Health – CAMH)
Alcohol is a “depressant” drug. That means it slows down the parts of your brain that affect your thinking and behaviour, as well as your breathing and heart rate.he way alcohol affects you depends on many factors, including:
- your age, sex and body weight
- how sensitive you are to alcohol
- the type and amount of food in your stomach
- how much and how often you drink
- how long you’ve been drinking
- the environment you’re in
- how you expect the alcohol to make you feel
- whether you’ve taken any other drugs (illegal, prescription, over-the-counter or herbal)
Click on the link provided below for information on Canada’s Low-Risk Drinking Guidelines, Alcohol and Chronic Disease, Alcohol-Related Harm as well as Alcohol Resources.
Alcohol & Older Adults
Alcohol is a widely-used, socially acceptable drug within our society. Many people don’t realize that alcohol slows down the central nervous system and affects the way we think, feel and act. As we get older, it is important to remember that alcohol affects each of us differently.
Alcohol (& Smoking) During Pregnancy
Healthy living is important during pregnancy. Read through the information below to make your pregnancy the healthiest it can be.
- In 2011/12, 20%(±3) of Halton residents aged 12 and over and 17%(±1) of Ontario residents aged 12 and over reported heavy drinking.
- In 2011/12 heavy drinking in adults was most common in those aged 19-24 and decreased with age.
- In 2011/12, Halton males [28%(±5)] aged 12 and over were more likely than females [12%(±5)*] to report heavy drinking.
HEDS Resources – Alcohol
Dr. Mike Evans is a staff physician at St. Michael’s Hospital and an Associate Professor of Family Medicine. He is a Scientist at the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and has an endowed Chair in Patient Engagement and Childhood Nutrition at the University of Toronto. He provides a very comprehensive, informative and fun video about alcohol and health.
Braking Point is a new classroom educational tool created by MADD Canada that targets – and portrays – 14 to 18 year-olds who use and abuse alcohol and marijuana.