Drug Education – Alcohol

Drug Dependence

Physical / Psychological

How Used Duration
Ethyl Alcohol Possible / Possible Oral 1-4
Ethanol Possible / Possible Oral 1-4
What is Alcohol?


Liquid distilled product of fermented fruits, grains and vegetables
Used as solvent, antiseptic and sedative
Moderate potential for abuse

Possible Effects


Sensory alteration
Anxiety reduction

Symptoms of Overdose


Odor of alcohol on breath
Loss of coordination
Slurred speech, dilated pupils
Fetal alcohol syndrome (in babies)
Nerve and liver damage

Withdrawal Syndrome


Altered perception
Psychosis, fear, auditory hallucinations

Indications of Possible Misuse


Confusion, disorientation, loss of motor nerve control
Convulsions, shock, shallow respiration
Involuntary defecation, drowsiness
Respiratory depression and possible death