Alcohol is a drink made from fruits, vegetables and grains mixed with water. Some types of alcohol are beer, wine and spirits like vodka.
What does alcohol do?
Alcohol changes the way that your brain works, which means that after drinking you may do silly things. Some of these things may be dangerous, as alcohol can stop you thinking about what might happen. This can make it very dangerous to do things like driving, which is why it is against the law to drink and drive.
Is alcohol bad for your body?
People who drink alcohol a lot for a long time often damage important parts of their body like their brains, heart and liver.
It only takes five to 10 minutes for alcohol to affect the brain, and once this has happened the body takes about one hour to process one unit of alcohol. Some people think that doing things like drinking coffee, having a shower or getting some fresh air might make the body sober up faster, but nothing will speed it up.
How does drinking affect children?
The top doctor in England and Wales, the Chief Medical Officer, says that young people under 15 shouldn’t drink at all, so the safe drinking level is zero.
Alcohol is only for adults aged 18 and above. Children and young people are more affected by alcohol than adults as they tend to be smaller and not used to drinking it. Children and young people can also be affected by others’ drinking.