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Classification: Sedative Hypnotic

Common Names/Nicknames: Booze, brew, hooch, juice, mouthwash, sauce

Active Compound: Ethanol

Found in: Beer, wine, liquor, malted beverages

Mode of Consumption: Ingestion

DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Unscheduled. Legal over age 21. Drunken limit of 0.08% blood alcohol concentration (BAC).


Low doses: impaired judgment, euphoria, stimulation, relaxation, decreased inhibitions

High doses: loss of coordination, memory impairment, drowsiness, slurred speech, nausea/vomiting, sexual dysfunction, coma, fatal overdose


Acute: Hangover, accidental injury, blackouts, coma, fatal overdose

Chronic: Addiction, liver damage and failure, kidney damage, pancreatic damage, permanent neurological impairment, increased risk of cardiovascular disease, increased risk of multi-organ cancer

Dangerous Drug Combinations:

Potentially fatal mix with acetaminophen/paracetamol (Brand names: Tylenol, Triaminic, Panadol), opiates, benzodiazepines, and other depressants. Dangerous combination with cold remedies and antidepressants.

Special Considerations:

Extreme alcohol withdrawal can prove to be fatal.

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Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.


National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.



U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice.



Erowid Organization


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