In everyday use, alcohol usually refers to drinks such as beer, wine, or spirits containing ethyl alcohol - a substance that can cause drunkenness and changes in consciousness, mood, and emotions. It is these intoxicating and psychoactive effects that lead to so many accidents, injuries, diseases, and disruptions in the family life of everyday Australians.
Due to the different ways that alcohol can affect people, there is no amount of alcohol that can be said to be safe for everyone . People choosing to drink must realise that there will always be some risk to their health and social well-being. However, there are ways to minimise the risks. This site is designed to give Australians a basic knowledge and understanding about alcohol and its consequences in order to make informed decisions so they might minimise the risk of alcohol-related harms.
Where to go for help if you or someone you know has problems with alcohol Alcohol and Drug Information Services in each State/Territory:
ACT: 02 6207 9977
NSW: Sydney 02 9361 8000
NSW country 1800 422 599
SA: 1300 131 340
VIC: 1800 888 236
NT: Darwin 08 8922 8399
Central Australia 08 8951 7580
Territory wide 1800 131 350
QLD: 1800 177 833
TAS: 1800 811 994
WA: Perth 08 9442 5000
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Last updated on: 16 October, 2015
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Marijuana smoke can be more harmful than smoking cigarettes. Marijuana smoke contains four times the amount of cancercausing substances as cigarette smoke. It has 12 times more tar and 10 to 20 times more carbon monoxide (gas that comes from the tailpipe of a car) than cigarette smoke.
Marijuana smokers also inhale deeply and hold the smoke in their lungs to get "high." That means the lungs are exposed to more chemicals.
Smoking marijuana daily for 10 years or more causes changes in lung tissue that are the same as in people who have smoked tobacco for 10 to 15 years. These changes can lead to bronchitis, emphysema and lung cancer.
Marijuana also can harm the heart and blood vessels. It increases heart rate by as much as 50 percent. It also reduces the supply of oxygen, causing chest pain in people who have heart problems. It can cause damage to the brain. Smoking marijuana can also have harmful effects on sperm and on the unborn baby of a pregnant woman.
Short term effects include confusion, panic and loss of selfcontrol. In fact, driving while under the influence of marijuana is as dangerous as driving while drunk.
Almost everyone who smokes marijuana started by smoking cigarettes. And people who smoke marijuana are much more likely to experiment with other illegal drugs.
Smoking cocaine in the concentrated form known as "crack" can be even more harmful. It increases heart rate and blood pressure and can damage the nervous system. It can cause severe mental problems. And even a small dose can cause death.