What is Alcohol?

Alcohol is a legal depressant, a liquid obtained by fermentation of carbohydrates by yeast or by distillation. There are many different types of alcohol, but Ethanol (ethyl alcohol) is the type of alcohol that is used to make alcoholic beverages.

In the province of Ontario you can legally serve alcohol at 18 years old, however, you must be at least 19 to legally drink alcohol.  

  • Dilated pupils
  • Relaxed state of mind
  • Euphoria, reduced inhibitions
  • Speech and motor skill interference
  • Agitation
  • Can be combative, confused, loss of coordination
  • Respiratory depression
  • Urinary and fecal incontinence
  • Vomiting
  • Wavering states of consciousness

What is Alcohol Abuse?

Alcohol Abuse is a psychiatric diagnosis describing the recurring use of alcohol despite its negative consequences such as….

  • failure to fulfill major role obligations;
  • legal problems;
  • financial problems;
  • social or interpersonal problems;
  • physical dependence
  • Liver disease—the liver shrinks and it is unable to fight disease or filter toxins in body
  • Stomach ulcers (holes in the stomach)
  • Heart disease and the risk of heart attacks or strokes
  • Seizures (like epilepsy)
  • Breast cancer (new research indicates that young women who drink at an early age have a higher risk of breast cancer)
  • Blackouts (periods where the person is conscious and functioning but is later unable to recall what they said or did)
  • Brain Damage that causes problems with memory, judgment and abstract thinking
  • Alcohol, basically, is a drug that is poisonous to the human body
  • Alcohol is a factor is several deaths from collisions.  It is illegal to drink and drive.  You should not get into a vehicle with anyone who has been drinking alcohol


Alcohol and Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults

Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault (DFSA) is any form of sexual assault, (unwanted kissing, touching, rape, etc.), that is committed upon a person rendered incapacitated or helpless by alcohol or drugs, thus being incapable of giving or withholding consent.

Most drug facilitated sexual assaults involve alcohol consumption, either on its own, or used in conjunction with drugs whose effects are amplified when combined with alcohol. The offender takes advantage of a victim who is either too intoxicated to consent or say no, or is completely passed out. From a legal standpoint, a victim can be too intoxicated to give consent, regardless of whether the offender is intoxicated as well.

For more information on Drug Facilitated Sexual Assaults, please click here.  Drug Facilitated Sexual Assault


Alcohol is a major factor in fatal automobile crashes, has long lasting health effects and can be a contributing factor in sexual assaults.


The Hamilton Police Service urges teens to be responsible and stay safe!

Community Resources  
Alanon and Alateen Family Groups 905-522-1733

Alcoholics Anonymous - Helpline

Alcoholics Anonymous - Main Line



Alcohol Drug & Gambling Services  905-546-3606
Alternatives for Youth   905-527-4469
Centre for Addiction and Mental Health 800-463-6273
Drug and Alcohol Registry of Treatment 800-565-8603
Grace Haven – New Choices (Women/Teens)   905-522-5556 ext.301
Men’s Withdrawal Management Centre  905-527-9264
Mission Services 905-528-7635
Mission Services – Suntrac Wellness & Addiction Centre 905-527-9264
Wayside House of Hamilton (Men) 905-528-8969
Wesley Urban Ministries – Claremont House 905-318-6903

Womankind – Women’s Addiction Service





905-521-9591 ext.237



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