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Drug factfile

Get educated on the basics



People often forget that alcohol is a drug, and easily the most widely used drug in the country.

What else is it called?

Booze, drink

What does it look like?

Various packaging in bottles and cans.

What is its legal status?

It is illegal for under-18s to buy it, or for licensed premises (e.g. pubs) to sell it to under-age people.

How much does it cost?

It can be extremely expensive or very cheap. The cheapest drinks compared to their alcoholic content tend to be super-strength beers or ciders, or low-end spirits.

What equipment do people use to take it?

Nothing extra. Alcohol just comes in bottles and cans.

What about dependence/addiction?

Alcohol can be both physically and psychologically addictive. People addicted to alcohol can experience tremors when they try and stop drinking, and cutting out alcohol suddenly can actually be dangerous for alcoholics.