What are the effects of alcohol – and how quickly is it broken down?
Many people find the effects of a little alcohol pleasant. But the effects can soon become unpleasant as your blood alcohol levels rise – especially if you already feel unsettled, sad or angry. “Pleasant” can also turn into “unwell”: most people feel sick after too much alcohol. The risk of accidents or of doing things you might later regret also increases the more drunk you are. In the long term, alcohol can harm the organs because it is a toxin (poison) that can damage cells.