Page last updated at 12:01 GMT, Tuesday, 13 October 2009 13:01 UK

How alcohol affects the brain

Advertisement

If alcohol were invented today, it would be classified as a drug and restricted, according to Professor David Nutt, a government adviser who chairs the Advisory Council on the Misuse of Drugs.

He compares its effects to a range of other drugs, including prescription-only and illegal drugs such as heroin.

Horizon: Do I drink too much? is on BBC Two at 2100 BST on Tuesday 13 October or watch afterwards at BBC iPlayer .

Story Tools

BBC iD

Sign in

BBC navigation

Copyright © 2016 BBC. The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Americas Africa Europe Middle East South Asia Asia Pacific