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Before you drink there's some important information you should know. Read on to find out some facts about alcohol and you.

Alcohol makes you lose your inhibitions- that might put you in a bad position, where your safety is at risk.

Drinking might make you feel more confident- you might feel braver than normal, making you vulnerable to other bad things like being beaten, raped or robbed, especially if you are alone at night.

Small amounts of alcohol can make you feel good and happy – but the good feeling you get from alcohol will pass if you drink too much. Alcohol is a poison and alcohol poisoning is no joke. Big drinking sessions can kill you if your blood alcohol level shuts down parts of your brain.

When you gamble with alcohol, it's not only yourself that you are putting at risk- alcohol is often involved in accidents such as drownings, falls, and house fires.

Other people such as your friends, family, the police, and hospitals may be affected- lost inhibitions may make you do things you wouldn't normally do, like pick fights with your mates, go with someone who you didn't want to, get talked into committing crimes or driving drunk, or saying things you didn't mean.



Risky business

Alcohol is a gamble. The more you drink, the higher the stakes are. 
Have you ever noticed the more you drink, the better you think you are doing? Ask anyone around you and they'll probably say otherwise. You might feel confident and free, but in reality you could be a mess. When you drink, you have to take the good bits with the bad bits.
Your reaction to alcohol depends on a lot of things, for a start, size matters. The smaller your body, the bigger the effect. Smaller people have less water in their bodies, so the alcohol isn't as watered down. Gender matters too!