Alcohol is a Drug
Alcohol is a drug that is commonly known and used throughout the world. Alcohol was once an illegal drug, like heroin or cocaine. However, since the end of prohibition in 1933, it’s completely legal to people 21 years of age and older.
Alcohol is a central nervous system depressant, which means it slows down functioning of the brain and respiratory system. Those under the influence describe a decrease in anxiety and stress. Many adults use alcohol as a social lubricant, to feel more at ease when meeting new people. People under the influence typically feel lowered inhibitions, loss of coordination, and slurred speech.
Alcohol is a drug that is commonly abused. Whether people are drinking everyday, binge drinking on the weekends or only drink once in a while in excess, the effects of alcohol abuse can still be deadly. Alcohol related deaths are higher than any other drug related deaths.