Desired Effects:Mild intoxication, relaxation, cheerfulness, sociability.
Side Effects:Dehydration, loss of coordination, slurred speech, disinhibition, visual disturbance, confusion.
Long term risks:Dependence, withdrawal symptoms, significant permanent damage to the brain and other organs (heart, liver, stomach) that can be fatal.
Short term risks:Tolerance, overdose, accidents (drunk-driving). Unconsciousness, coma, death. If used during pregnancy it could damage the developing embryo (foetal alcohol syndrome).
Parents & other relatives
Many alcohol / drug agencies also provide lots of advice and support to parents, family members and partners of people using alcohol. They may provide relative support groups or advice, guidance and counselling on a one to one basis. Al-Anon is a support service for anyone who has been affected by someone elses drinking.