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What can alcohol feel like?

The effects from alcohol are broad and can include feeling relaxed, giddy, confident, nauseous, drowsy or uncoordinated. It can make you say things or act in ways you normally wouldn’t when sober. This is called ‘disinhibition’.

The effects of alcohol start very quickly after drinking, sometimes within 10 minutes, with your blood alcohol level peaking about 30–90 minutes after drinking. The effects of alcohol will increase as you continue to drink and your body’s blood alcohol level increases. Remember, a low dose for one person can be a high dose for another as people’s bodies process drugs differently.

Keep in mind that, when mixed with other drugs or prescription medications, alcohol can have different effects to those listed below.

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects



Sleepy (pleasant)


Socially confident

Mild euphoria

Skin flushing (rosy/red skin)

Difficulty concentrating

Slowed reflexes



Mildly nauseous


Making risky decisions or judgements

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects


Very confident

Intensely emotional

Increased euphoria

More drowsy or groggy

Disrupted sleep

Slurred speech


Erectile dysfunction

Blurry vision

Tripping, stumbling or falling over


Low mood



Severe headaches

Severely impaired judgement

Pleasant effects

Unpleasant effects


Severe memory loss


Severely dehydrated

Problems breathing (such as very slow breathing)

Severely nauseous



Very low body temperature or blue skin/lips

Losing consciousness


A Reddit user explains what getting drunk feels like to them:

“It feels fun, you feel less inhibited and more in the moment. Also, you don’t realise it when you’re acting stupid.”

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