Personal Licence CPR

Published on November 2nd, 2010 | by Dean Carr


The effects of alcohol on your body

Brain drain

Even if you don’t realise it, alcohol affects your brain from the moment you drink it. The brain’s functions are immediately impaired and as we all know, just a few drinks later, coordination, concentration and judgment are severely affected.

Digestive v digest if

Unfortunately, the notion that a digest if can aid digestion after a meal is all wrong. In fact, even small amounts of alcohol can irritate the stomach lining, and block the effective absorption of vitamins and minerals.

Be still my beating heart

Did you know that just one unit of alcohol – a quarter of a pint of beer – makes the heart beat faster? This is because alcohol relaxes the blood vessels, which open up and allow more blood through. This means the heart has to work harder to deliver this extra blood.

Lungs don’t lie

Did you know that, as you breathe out, your lungs expel five per cent of the alcohol you have consumed? This is why the breath test is used by police – and is one of the reasons why you’ll smell like a brewery in the morning.

Love your liver

This, as we all know, is the big one – alcohol and livers do not mix and here’s why. As the liver breaks down alcohol, by-product toxins are created that, over time, can attack the liver and cause devastating damage. So please, love your liver.


No, not a train station, the pancreas is another organ that’s affected by a booze binge. Just a few weeks of sustained drinking is enough to cause inflammation of the pancreas – known as pancreatitis – which will provide you with nausea, vomiting and a swollen stomach.


Still on the subject of organs, alcohol causes the kidneys to work overtime. This is because alcohol causes the kidneys to over-produce urine, which in turn causes dehydration. Your kidneys will cope, but many years of this can cause unpleasant problems.

A bloody mess

On a big night out, your blood is being used as a messenger of doom. It will deliver alcohol to all areas of the body and, while this is going on, the alcohol is attacking the oxygen-carrying red blood cells and causing them to die.

Ask-skin a lot

Alcohol dehydrates the skin, which exacerbates all of its wrinkly imperfections – on top of that, blood flow to the skin is increased, making you look red and flushed. Combined with the lines, you may like to stick to soda and lime!

Reproduction decline in function

Men, take note – heavy drinking can cause a drop in your testosterone levels, which can make your testicles shrink and cause impotence. Women can also stop smirking, because heavy drinking can disrupt the menstrual cycle and affect your fertility. Ginger beer all round!

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About the Author

Dean Carr

Dean has been involved in alcohol licensing for over 20 years and has helped many independent retailers and corporate clients obtain a licence to sell alcohol or offer late night refreshment, regulated entertainment from all sorts of premises. Dean writes articles for various trade related blogs and is currently Managing Director of the PLT group of companies who run APLH and SCPLH personal alcohol licence courses nationwide. You can contact Dean or a member of his expert licensing team on: 01242 222 188


  1. Jo Taylor says:

    It is not acceptable for customers to purchase and consume alcohol on a premises which is licensed for off sales. An OFF-Licence is granted for the purchase of alcohol to be consumed off and away from the premises. If there are people doing this in the shop who appear to have an alcohol addiction, you would be mindful to remember that it is against the law to sell alcohol to a person who is drunk and it is the responsibility of the DPS/staff to ensure that any refusals are recorded in writing. You must ensure that your CCTV is in working order at all times and if the problems continue, then you should seek advice from your local police. Your CCTV recordings and the logs of the refusals will be proof that you have tried to address and stop this occurring. If this should continue, you may be at risk of the licence being reviewed and possibly suspended or revoked.

  2. Irfan says:

    Can off licence shop sell alcohol & allow consumein the store room is acceptable? if not what action can take? customers who drinking in the shop are get addicted to alcohol. How to stop?

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