Psychology 11
Drug Notes Sheet

Group Names: Jes Britton
Drug Name: Alcohol
Common Street Names:
· Alcohol= Booze, brews, hard stuff, hooch, juice, sauce, beer, wine, liquor, brewskie, shots
· Intoxicated= Drunk, wasted, smashed, plastered

Primary Physiological and Psychological Effects:
· Affects the central nerous system
· Alters a person’s perceptions, emotions, movement, vision, and hearing
· Numbs the brain and slows down the entire body
· Small doses= euphoria, drowsiness, dizziness, blushing, release of inhibitions and tensions
· Large doses= slurred speech, staggering, double vision, stupor
· The more alcohol that reaches the brain, the weaker memory, concentration and coordination become
· With more alcohol, one becomes more likely to say or do things one would not normally do
· If too much alcohol is consumed to quickly, the alcohol acts as a poison
Possibility of Physiological and Psychological Dependency:

Health Side Effects:
· Risks= difficulty walking, blurred vision, slurred speech, slowed reaction times, impaired memory and black outs, mental confusion, paralysis of the nerves that move the eyes, difficulty with muscle coordination, persistant learning and memory problems, liver disease, unintentional injuries, HIV risk due to impaired judgement, and alcohol poisoning
· Can be a component in impaired driving and binge drinking
· Regular consumption= liver damage, brain damage, heart disease, some cancers, blackouts, impotance, reproductive problems, ulcers, and pancreas disorders
· Pregnant women may have babies with birth defects, such as pre and post natal growth and developmetal delays, learning and behavioural disorders, and other physical abnormalities
· Alcohol abuse occurs when there are consistent negative effects and consequences from one’s drinking
High Dosage or Overdose Effects and Possibility of Fatality:
· Overdose of alcohol can stop the heart causing death
· Alcohol poisoning signs= unable to be awakened, vomiting in sleep, seizures, breathing is very slow or irregular
Consistent/Predictable Effects: Yes
Increased Tolerance to Drug: Yes
Genetic Damage:

Where the Drug is most Commonly Used:
· Bars/Pubs
· People’s homes
How the Drug is Used and Taken:
· You drink it
Teen Use:
· 25% of teens binge drink more than twelve times a year
Cost to Society:

· Impaired driving

Other Facts Discovered:

· Tips on safe drinking= don’t drink on a dare/attempt to see how much you can drink, never compete to see who can consume the most liquor, pace your drinking, alternate alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, and avoid drinking on an empty stomach
· Reaction to alcohol depends on body weight, whether other drugs have been consumed, the food eaten, how much alcohol has been consumed, and one’s mood
· Only time can sober one up


· National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. (N/A). Alcohol.
· Royal Canadian Mountain Police. (N/A). Alcohol.
· Webster’s New World Medical Dictionary. (2000). Definition of Alcohol Poisoning
· Car Accident Advice. (N/A). Statistics on Teen Drunk Driving.