Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the messages travelling between the brain and the body.
Alcohol is the most commonly used drug in Australia.
Booze, Grog, Piss, Liquor, Turps, Six pack, Long necks, Slabs, Casks
People commonly consume alcohol to feel relaxed and increase confidence. Other short-term effects include:
If a person consumes a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time they may experience:
Alcohol affects people differently depending on a range of factors including the individual characteristics of the person (size, weight, gender and health), the strength of the drink, the amount consumed, whether other drugs are used at the same time, whether the person is used to consuming alcohol.
Possible long-term effects include:
When a person is dependent on a drug, withdrawal of the drug carries risks of physical harm, psychological trauma and (rarely) death. As a result, our team work closely with the patient to withdraw the drug safely from the body. During this phase, we may supply short-term medications to modify the withdrawal process, making it safer and more tolerable.
In some cases, we may suggest we refer you to a specialist facility for 24 hour medical supervision during the withdrawal phase. In such cases, we will discuss this with you when devising your treatment plan.
Following the withdrawal, our team will work with the patient to help them maintain their abstinence or maintain a more controlled drinking pattern. This will include skills training for relapse prevention. It will also normally include a holistic engagement that focuses on the mental, emotional, relation or spiritual health of the individual.
The withdrawal process may also unmask underlying mental illnesses or symptoms. If these are identified, we will work with the patient to treat these medical conditions. This may include medication and/or counselling/psychological therapies.
If you, or someone you know, is affected by Alcohol addiction, contact PRS on (07) 3059 1301 or fill out the form below to book an appointment.