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“Alcohol, its effects and the results of over imbibing (pleasant in moderation, hell-on-wheels in excess). ”

This page contains links to a number of websites that provide a very good overview of what alcohol is, what its health effects are and how to handle various problems that can occur from over-imbibing.

Center for Addiction and Mental Health of Ontario, Canada (CAMH)

The Center for Addiction and Mental Health is an addiction and mental health teaching hospital that provides treatment, health promotion, education and conducts research. The following is a selection of the informational material available on their website:

A website on alcohol for teenagers

The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism has put together an alcohol information website for teenagers called The Cool Spot.

Alcohol provides a quick, scientifically valid questionnaire that assesses your drinking habits by age and gender. It is called AUDIT (Alcohol Use Disorders Identification Test) and was developed by the World Health Organisation to identify persons whose alcohol consumption has become hazardous or harmful to their health. It takes about two minutes, is completely anonymous and you can fill it out for yourself or someone you know. Feedback is then given based on your answers and links for additional information and getting help are provided.

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism

The NIAAA is part of the US National Institutes of Health. Their web pages called Overview of Alcohol Consumption provide a good summary of information on alcohol including safe drinking, health effects, problem drinking as well information on special topics such as college drinking and older adults.

The National Library of Medicine alcoholism page

A detailed set of links on Alcoholism from the National Library of Medicine’s MedlinePlus health information service. This site provides numerous links on alcoholism including diagnosis, treatment and research.

tl;dr: One of the world's oldest drugs. Pleasant in small doses, grueling in large.