Units and the risks of alcohol misuse

Alcohol is a powerful chemical that can have a wide range of effects on almost every part of your body, including your brain, bones and heart.

Alcohol and its associated risks can have both short-term and long-term effects. In 2009-10, there were around 1 million hospital admissions due to an alcohol-related injury or condition.

Short-term effects of alcohol

The short-term effects of alcohol are described below. This information is based on the assumption that you have a normal tolerance to alcohol. Dependent drinkers with a higher tolerance to alcohol can often drink much more without experiencing any noticeable effects.