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.

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

Signs and Symptoms of impairment by 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
Community Resources  
Alanon and Alateen Family Groups  905-522-1733
Alcoholics Anonymous - Helpline 905-522-8392
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
Suntrac Wellness & Addiction Centre 905-527-9264
Wayside House of Hamilton (Men) 905-528-8969
Wesley Urban Ministries – Claremont House     905-318-6903

Womankind – Telephone Support


Crisis Line


905-521-9591 ext.237