Alcohol

What is it?

Alcohol is a depressant drug that slows down the activity of the central nervous system (which controls the functions of the brain), impairing coordination, speech, body temperature, pulse, and breathing.

• Consumed in small amounts, alcohol reduces inhibitions, and provides the false sense of acting as a stimulant.

Excessive drinking is consuming more than 4 drinks for women and more than 5 drinks for men on any occasion.

• Continued and excessive drinking over a short period of time will raise the blood alcohol concentration (BAC) to and above the .08% level, which is considered legally drunk in the state of New Jersey.

• Dangerous drinking related risks include (but are not limited to) accidents, violence, vandalism, personal injury, aggressive behavior, blackouts, hangovers, vomiting, and sexual assault.