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Alcohol enters the bloodstream through the stomach and intestine. Once in the bloodstream, it is carried to other parts of the body quite quickly. In fact, it reaches the brain almost immediately. Alcohol stays in the body until it is broken down by the liver and eventually leaves the body through breath, sweat and urine.
The more alcohol in your blood, the more it affects you. Judgment, inhibitions, reaction time, co-ordination, vision, speech, balance, walking and standing are all affected by alcohol.
Alcohol is a depressant. It slows your reaction time and can lead to poor judgment.
Mixing drugs with alcohol can cause serious problems. And remember, illegal drugs are often mixed with other dangerous substances, so you can't be sure what you're buying.
When pregnant women drink alcohol, their babies can be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.