Ask a grown-up: what happens to people when they become drunk?

Professor Petra MeierProfessor Petra Meier, Professor of Public Health at ScHARR, recently answered nine-year-old Afnaan’s question as part of The Guardian’s Ask a Grown Up series. As well as explaining why some people enjoy the feeling, she also explained that:

Alcohol also affects the bit of the brain that helps us to think clearly. Sometimes not being too aware of the consequences can make people less shy. But you can see why it is a bad idea to drive a car, go mountain climbing or do important work when you have been drinking

You can read all of Professor Meier’s answer at


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