Aside from the physical consequences of alcohol (possible nausea, vomiting, hangovers), there are other, outside risks. Drinking alcoholic beverages is more often a social activity, done in a group. Because of the psychoactive nature of alcohol – it changes thinking and this can lead to risky and even dangerous behaviour. People are at a higher risk of accidents and injury when they’re under the influence of alcohol, due to these psychoactive and physical effects – Alcohol affects the decision making parts of the brain, leading to poorer decision making and more chance of risky behaviour. Check out this factsheet to discover more about what alcohol is and the long and short term effects.