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Alcohol: Just The Facts

People have been fermenting grains to make alcohol for thousands of years.

Alcohol is known as a ‘’depressant’’ drug because it has the ability to slow down parts of your brain. This can affect your thinking, behaviour and even your heart rate.

Alcohol is made through a process called fermentation and is produced by fermenting fruits, vegetables or even grains.

What’s legal?

It is against the Law

  • For someone under 18 to buy alcohol
  • For someone under 18 to drink alcohol in licensed premises, except where the child is 16 or 17 years old and accompanied by an adult. In this case it is legal for them to drink, but not buy beer, wine and cider with a table meal
  • For an adult to buy alcohol for someone under 18, except as above

Three things to remember to keep yourself safe

  1. Don’t leave drink unattended or accept drinks from strangers
  2. Look after yourself and your friends – be aware of your surroundings
  3. If a person is intoxicated they are not legally able to give consent to engage in sexual activity

How to get help

If you have any more questions on this area or would like to speak to somebody about this topic, have a look at the links or search for your local services in the blue box below. Alternatively you can always contact your public health nurse.

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