Alcohol is a depressant drug, which means it slows down the body’s responses in all kinds of ways. It affects the way people think and behave.
Although it’s legal for people aged 18 and over to buy and drink alcohol, that doesn’t mean it’s safe.
Many experts believe the word ‘alcohol’ originates from the Arabic word ‘al-kuhl’.
There are many varieties of alcohol, most of which can be harmful if people drink too much, especially young people.