What Is Alcohol Poisoning – Facts

  1. Alcohol affects your brain. Drinking will cause bad coordination, poor judgement, slowed reflexes. Liquor is poisonous and as a result, you can get memory lapses, distorted vision and even blackouts.
  2. Alcohol affects your body. Alcohol can and eventually will damage every organ in your body. It goes directly into your bloodstream and can increase your chances of getting lots of life-threatening diseases, including cancer.
  3. Alcohol can kill you. Drinking large amounts of alcohol at one time or very quickly can cause alcohol poisoning, which can lead to coma or even death. Driving and drinking also can be deadly. In 2002, 29 percent of drivers age 15 to 20 who died in traffic accidents had been drinking alcohol.
  4. Alcohol can hurt you—even if you’re not the one drinking. If you’re around people who are drinking, you have a higher chance of being seriously injured, involved in car crashes, or affected by violence. At the very least, you may have to deal with people who are sick, out of control, or unable to take care of themselves


Know the law. It is illegal to buy or possess alcohol if you are under age 18 and in some cases the age of 21.

Facts About Alcohol

Too Much Alcohol

Stay informed. “Binge” drinking means having five or more drinks on one occasion.

Studies show that more than 35 percent of adults with an alcohol problem developed symptoms—such as binge drinking—by age 19.

Know the risks. Alcohol is a drug. Mixing it with any other drug can be extremely dangerous. Alcohol and acetaminophen—a common ingredient in OTC pain and fever reducers—can damage your liver. Alcohol mixed with other drugs can cause nausea, vomiting, fainting, heart problems, and difficulty breathing.

Mixing alcohol and drugs also can lead to coma and death.

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Keep your edge. Alcohol is a depressant – or downer – because it reduces brain activity. If you are depressed before you start drinking, liquor can make you feel worse.

Look around you. Most teens aren’t drinking alcohol. Research shows that 71 percent of people 12-20 haven’t had a drink in the past month.

If you do choose to drink, make sure you consume it safely. Irresponsible drinking can lead to dangers like date rape. Learn how to protect yourself from date rape.