How Alcohol Affects the Brain & Safe Drinking Tips | headspace

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top of your drinking. – Hey guys, Dylan Lewis here,
with the low down on alcohol. The legal age for drinking
is 18, we know that, but let’s face it, lots of young
people get into alcohol earlier than that. So what difference does it make when you start drinking, anyway? Well, the fact is, alcohol is
toxic to the developing brain. Whoa, sounds heavy! But it’s true! In the short term, it
might affect your memory, your ability to handle
complex thought processes, and it might be harder for you to recognise risky situations. In the long term, alcohol
can mess with your mood, and cause anxiety, depression, or other mental health hassles. Statistics show that the longer you
wait before getting into alcohol,
the more opportunity your brain has to develop properly, and having a healthy brain
gives you a much better chance of living a happier
life. That’s why planning how you’ll deal with
alcohol is so important. Good planning means better decisions. I’ve got some tips for ya. Ready? Go. Avoid drinking on an empty stomach, eat some souvlaki, smash a pie, drink water as you go.
This keeps you hydrated, slows down your alcohol intake, and can reduce the severity of a
hangover. Set yourself a limit. When you reach
it, switch to water or soft
drink, or step things down, with a low-alcohol drink,
like light beer, or save some cash and
sit out the next round. Choose a cut-off time, so you know when to stop ordering drinks. Look
out for the physical signs that
you might have had enough. Are you feeling full?
(belch) Are you talking more than usual? Is your coordination getting a bit
dodgy? Do you feel light-headed? Are you making a lot of
trips to the bathroom? Yep, sorry,
I’ll be back in a tick! And your reaction time slows
down heaps when you drink, so driving is definitely a bad idea. When you go out and you get wasted, there’s less chance
you’ll be able to enjoy, or remember, hanging with your mates, getting on the D-floor, dance floor, or, meeting new people. It can get pretty messy,
and you may end up doing or saying stuff
that you wish you hadn’t. Lame! Okay, sometimes it can feel
like your body handles alcohol without any problems. Sure, you’re
young, you feel like Superman! How’s the song go?
(SINGS) Maybe you’ll dodge the hangover. But the fact is, your brain
is still getting slammed. Yup, slammed! So how do you know if alcohol is turning into a problem
for you or your mates? You might be finding it
harder to concentrate on study or work, or you
might just be feeling more edgy and irritable.
You might be thinking a lot about drinking, you
might have to drink more to get the buzz, or be
finding it difficult to stop once you’ve started. And, if you’re drinking
on your own, or often feeling hung-over, that’s definitely a sign
that things aren’t right. Ask yourself,
are you treating your body and brain with respect?
Is alcohol affecting your relationships in a bad way? Is it making you act like a bit of a
tool? Are you using alcohol to deal with
some other difficulty in your
life? If alcohol is a problem, or you’re just concerned
about your drinking, talking about it makes
a massive difference. Your mates or a family member
are a good place to start. Think about seeing your school
counsellor, social worker, or doctor. Check out your local headspace
centre, or log on to eheadspace. These services are totally confidential, and they’re free. So, when it comes to
alcohol, be responsible, and be smart, keep yourself healthy, and look after your
brain. Love your brain, you’ve only got one!
Love your brain! Yes.

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