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Drug and alcohol issues for young people

How much do you know about drugs and alcohol?

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Did you know?

Alcohol, cannabis and tobacco are the most common drugs used by teenagers.

What is a hangover?

On the day following a drinking session a person may experience nausea, headache, fatigue and general unwellness with varying degrees of severity. Hangovers may be produced by the immune system. Alcohol is a diuretic; that is, it causes increased fluid loss. The fluids must be replaced by non- alcoholic drinks if dehydration is to be avoided.

Smoking, drinking on an empty stomach, drinking quickly, and poor quality sleep may add to the severity of a hangover.

  • Find out more about the effects of alcohol.

How long does it take to sober up?

Sobering up takes time. Just about 10% of alcohol leaves the body in breath, sweat and urine, but most is broken down by the liver. The liver can only get rid of about one standard drink per hour.

Nothing can speed this up - not even black coffee, cold showers, exercise or vomiting.

You can still be over the legal limit even a few hours after your last drink, even if you feel okay.

Don't assume it's safe to drive the morning after drinking - especially after a binge.

What kind of damage do inhalants do to the body and the brain?

Inhalants are substances that are sniffed to give the user an immediate 'high'. These substances are easily absorbed through the lungs and carried to the brain, where they act to slow down the central nervous system, this means they are depressants.

Some of the short-term effects of using inhalants are similar to those of alcohol, such as slurred speech, blurred vision, dizziness, nausea, euphoria and loss of coordination.

Possible health problems  from the long term use of inhalants may include brain damage affecting coordination, movement and memory, weight loss, fatigue and tremors, paranoia, hostility and depression and social and psychological delays in development.

What is mobile drug testing?

Mobile drug testing detects drivers who have recently used three common illegal drugs: ecstasy, cannabis and speed (including ice). Mobile drug testing can be conducted at roadside operations along with random breath testing, or by NSW Police in vehicles patrolling the roads.

It is against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or any illicit drug.

Need more info?

Learn more about drug and alcohol issues affecting young Australians 

Need help with a drug or alcohol issue?

Call the Alcohol Drug Information Service (ADIS)  24 hour support line  if  you are having issues with alcohol or other drugs, are concerned about someone else’s alcohol or other drug use, or just have general questions about alcohol.

Phone: 1800 250 015 

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