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Drug Information

This section of our website contains health and safety information pertaining to some of the more commonly used recreational drugs. The first page in each drug section presents simple, basic facts explaining what the drug is, its effects, the main risks of using it, and the most important health and safety information for reducing the risks and harms associated with it.

          Cannabis               Cocaine                 Ecstasy                 Meth

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ALCOHOL

ALCOHOL?


WHAT IS A STANDARD DOSE?

  

  • A standard drink is defined as 12 oz. (341 ml) of beer, 5 oz (142 ml) of table wine, or 1.5 oz (85 ml) of liquor.
  • It is the amount of alcohol you drink, not the type of drink that affects you. It's always good to know the alcohol content of whatever you are drinking.
  • Alcohol affects some people more or less strongly than others, and can affect the same person differently at different times. This depends on body weight, metabolism, tolerance from prior use, food in the stomach, and other factors.
  • There really isn't a standard dose of alcohol. Know your own limits and pace yourself. A standard drink is metabolized out of your system in approximately 1.5 hours.


WHAT ARE THE EFFECTS OF DRINKING ALCOHOL?


Low to moderate amounts can produce feelings of relaxation, lowered inhibitions, and increased sociability.

Larger amounts can cause dizziness, nausea, slurred speech, slower reflexes, sleepiness, bad judgment, dehydration and a hangover the next day.

Overdoses can cause loss of motor control, black-outs, temporary coma (passing out), and in extreme cases, death.


DANGERS!

  

  • Alcohol is highly addictive and tolerance develops quickly with severe withdrawal symptoms including nervousness, tremors, seizures and hallucinations.
  • Long term use can damage the liver, brain and other organs, and can result in severe mental and physical problems.
  • Consuming too much alcohol at once can cause death through acute alcohol toxicity. Drinking games are especially dangerous as they can easily lead to overdoses.
  • Alcohol impairs vision and motor coordination. Driving drunk is illegal and endangers yourself and others.
  • If a woman drinks too often during pregnancy, her baby can have fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS).
  • In the United States, it is illegal to purchase alcohol if you are under 21 years of age.

* Mixing alcohol with over-the-counter medications, prescription medications, or illegal drugs is dangerous and can lead to medical emergencies.