Alcohol affects people differently. It depends what you drink, how much and how quickly you drink it. It also depends on your size and weight, and whether you’re male or female. If you drink and take over the counter, prescribed medications or other drugs, it can increase your risk of an overdose.

People often drink to feel relaxed and to increase their confidence.

Some short term effects include:
  • Dizziness

  • Slower reflexes

  • Poor balance

  • Poor coordination

  • Slurring of words

  • Drowsiness

  • Impaired judgment

If you have a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time you may experience:
  • Headaches

  • Nausea and vomiting

  • Agitation

  • Mood swings

  • Risky behaviour, injuries, accidents

  • Loss of consciousness

  • Respiratory arrest including death

Long term impacts can include:
  • Memory loss and confusion

  • Dementia

  • Poor sleep

  • Increased risk of a range of cancers

  • Liver and heart disease

  • Diabetes

  • Fertility problems

Support services

adis 24/7 Alcohol and Drug Support

adis is a confidential support service for people in Queensland with alcohol and other drug concerns, their families and health professionals.

Alcohol and Drug Support on 1800 177 833.

Visit the adis website

Last updated: July 2022