Alcohol Alert

NIAAA Alcohol Alert


The Truth About Alcohol

Alcohol is a drug. It is classed as a depressant, meaning that it slows down vital functions—resulting in slurred speech, unsteady movement, disturbed perceptions and an inability to react quickly. As for how it affects the mind, it is best understood as a drug that reduces a person’s ability to think rationally and distorts his or her judgment.


Some Myths About Alcohol

It's time to blast some of the most wacked-out lies about alcohol. You've probably heard them all. So, why waste out time trying to de-bunk a bunch of harmless myths? Because they can be pretty fierce.


American Indians and Alcohol

The high prevalence of alcohol use and its consequences among American Indians may be attributed to a number of factors, including the influence of the European colonists who first made large amounts of alcohol available to Indians, as well as current social and cultural factors. Efforts to prevent and treat alcohol problems among the American Indian population may be more effective if native beliefs and approaches are incorporated. Alcohol problems also may be prevented through policies regulating the sale and use of alcohol in Indian communities


A Family History of Alcoholism - Are You at Risk?

If you are among the millions of people in this country who have a parent, grandparent, or other close relative with alcoholism, you may have wondered what your family's history of alcoholism means for you. Are problems with alcohol a part of your future? Is your risk for becoming an alcoholic greater than for people who do not have a family history of alcoholism? If so, what can you do to lower your risk?


Mother to Baby Factsheet- Alcohol


Harmful Interactions: Mixing Alcohol with Medicines

This brochure covers the dangers of mixing alcohol & prescription drugs.


What You Need To Know: Effects of Alcohol on a Fetus

Drinking alcohol at any time during a pregnancy can damage a fetus. This fact sheet describes how alcohol can damage a fetus and what the consequences may be.


What You Need To Know: Effects of Alcohol on Women

Provides information about the way alcohol affects women, including health risks and susceptibility to intoxication. Discusses the risks of drinking alcohol while pregnant, including Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD). Includes a resource guide.


Aging, Medicines, and Alcohol (Spanish)

Provee informaci�n acerca del uso de los medicamentos de prescripci�n y el alcohol. Lista las se�ales de alerta de un problema con el alcohol u otras sustancias. Ofrece sugerencias para hablar con los proveedores de atenci�n m�dica y para leer las etiquetas.


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