When partying most people know how to have a good time but you must also know how to do so safely.

ALCOHOL

Alcohol is one of the most commonly used psychoactive substances in Australia. Given its legal status it is widely accepted and readily available. Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant and is quickly absorbed through the stomach and small intestine.

DESCRIPTION

+ Try to alternate alcohol with water

+ Try to keep track of how much you’re drinking

+ Be aware! Never leave your drink unattended

+ Take control! Always order and pour your own drinks

+ Check the label on your drink, it may contain more than 1 standard drink

+ Be aware of factors that may affect your tolerance (e.g. other drugs including prescription medications, menstrual cycle, etc.)

+ Stress can make you more susceptible to alcohol

+ Be aware of how alcohol affects your mood

SAFER USE

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT?

You can be that friend who makes the party better for everyone. Want to find out how?

EFFECTS

+ Giddiness, dizziness
+ Dehydration
+ Analgesia (kills pain)
+ Slurred speech
+ Flushed skin
+ Drowsiness
+ Decreased coordination
+ Nausea

+ Frequent Urination
+ Reduced impulse control
+ Confusion
+ Blackouts/Memory loss
+ Coma and death (extreme)
+ Brain and liver damage
+ Mild to severe hangover
+ Foetal damage if pregnant

PHYSICAL

+ Mood lift
+ Happiness
+ Relaxation
+ Emotional volatility
  (anger, violence, sadness)
+ Depression/Despair

+ Increased sociability
+ Lowered inhibitions
+ Reduced social anxiety
+ Changed response to sexual
  stimuli (often increased)
+ 'Beer goggles' - others appear
   more attractive

EMOTIONAL

PSYCHOLOGICAL

+ Stimulants = may be able to drink more but may increase risk of alcohol poisoning

+ Cannabis = nausea and vomiting

+ GHB = nausea, vomiting and overdose. GHB with alcohol is particularly risky as both are processed by the liver.

+ Ketamine = nausea, vomiting, blackouts.

+ Antibiotics = amplifies the effects of alcohol. Not recommended

+ Benzo's = intensifies the effects of alcohol and can lead to blackouts. Not recommended.

COMBINATIONS

+ As with other drugs, tolerance to alcohol can vary greatly from one person to the next.

+ Tolerance to alcohol, like other drugs, is affected by body weight, how much you’ve eaten, how often you drink and how well your liver functions.

+ Tolerance also plays a part in how quickly you get drunk.

DOSAGE

DURATION

Total Duration:

Onset:

Coming Up:

Plateau:

Coming Down:

After Effects:

Hangover/Day after:

1.5 - 3 hours

15 - 30 minutes

15 - 20 minutes

30 - 90 minutes

45 - 60 minutes

1 - 2 hours

1 - 36 hours

The standard rule for maintaining a safe BAC level is:

+ For males: 2 standard drinks in the first hour and 1 standard drink every hour after

+ For females: 1 standard drink in the first hour and 1 standard drink every hour thereafter.

BLOOD ALCOHOL CONTENT (BAC)

Information provided by Harm Reduction Victoria's DanceWize program

STREET NAMES

+ Booze, Grog, Piss, Drinks