Drinking and Your Health

Emotional

Psychological impacts

The relationship between alcohol usage and mental health is complex. Alcohol abuse and mental health issues are often closely related.

Binge drinking can impact on your mood and is linked with lower levels of happiness. Some cases of depression, self harm and self-inflicted injury are thought to be caused by regular over consumption of alcohol. Alcohol also causes increased levels of anxiety in some people. Read about alcohol and aggression.

Peer influence

Sometimes you can feel pressured into doing something you don’t want to do because you feel as though everyone else is doing it. This can be the case in consuming alcohol and other substances. Read about peer pressure. Examine ways to deal with pressure to drink.

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Alternatives to alcohol

Alcohol is often portrayed as a solution for stress for example stress from studying for exams, extra-curricular activities, trying to make choices about your future and family commitments. Read about other ways to manage stress. If you choose to drink alcohol, make sure that you drink sensibly, and don’t drink to get drunk. Know your limits so that you can still make safe decisions. The National Health and Medical Research Council alcohol guidelines advise that for children and young people under 18 years of age, not drinking alcohol is the safest option. Check out these ideas for fun activities that are alcohol-free.

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Activity: Create a comic strip about the emotional impacts of alcohol

Activity: Create a presentation about alcohol and peer pressure.

Activity: Take the Drinking and Your Health Quiz