Alcohol is a drug found in all alcoholic beverages such as beer, wine and liquor such as vodka and whiskey. Alcohol is also a medication for depression. This slows down the brain and central nervous system. This affects your ability to control your body’s behavior and functions, such as thinking, speaking, walking and even breathing.
Alcohol is also described as a psychoactive drug. This means drugs that affect the mind, or mental processes. While some drinks contain more alcohol than others, the type of alcohol in all alcoholic beverages is the same – this is a type of alcohol called ethanol.