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Mentor ADEPSIS. (2018) The brain under construction [2]: the effects of alcohol on the brain. London: Mentor ADEPSIS. 6 p.

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From a scientific perspective, it is surprising that research has found most people do not consider alcohol a drug. If we define a drug as “a psychoactive substance that changes the body and brain in some way”, alcohol, which contains the chemical ethanol, is particularly notorious. It impacts so many different areas of the brain and body that scientists are still finding new effects of alcohol consumption and proving theories on a frequent basis.

This briefing paper provides a snapshot of alcohol’s effects on the brain. It aims to explain the science behind what happens when we consume one of the most widely used drugs in the world.

This extended briefing paper forms part of a mini-series on the ‘Brain under Construction’. It is intended to be read alongside the other brain-related papers in the series (available on the Mentor-ADEPIS website).

Item Type:Evidence resource
Publication Type:Guideline
Drug Type:Alcohol
Intervention Type:AOD disorder, AOD prevention, Education and training
Source:Mentor ADEPSIS
Date:January 2018
Pages:6 p.
Publisher:Mentor ADEPSIS
Corporate Creators:Mentor ADEPSIS
Place of Publication:London
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Subjects:A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Prevalence > Substance use behaviour > Alcohol consumption
A Substance use, abuse, and dependence > Effects and consequences
B Substances > Alcohol
E Concepts in biomedical areas > General life processes (physiology)
G Health and disease > State of health > Physical health
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Risk and protective factors > Risk factors
J Health care, prevention and rehabilitation > Health related prevention > Health information and education
VA Geographic area > Europe > United Kingdom

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