Alcohol and Its Effects
Definition: Alcohol is a depressant that is absorbed into the bloodstream and then transmitted to virtually every part of the body. The impact alcohol has on a person depends on amount consumed as well as the drinker’s sex, body size, and metabolism. Many individuals also believe the type and amount of food in the stomach when drinking impacts the way in which alcohol will effect the drinker. However, the fact is that having food in the stomach slows the absorption into the blood stream a bit but has no impact on overall level of intoxication. Even small amounts of alcohol impact a person’s physical coordination, mental alertness, and judgment - which make certain activities, like driving a vehicle, very dangerous. Larger amounts of alcohol have much more serious affects on the body. It causes slurred speech, staggering, reduced reasoning ability, severely reduced reaction time, double vision, mood swings, unconsciousness, and can even cause death.
Anyone who drinks heavily on a regular basis could be likely to develop any of the following:
Types of Drinkers To see if you or someone you know has a drinking problem read the following habits and attitudes that each type of drinker has and identify. Social Drinker:
What is a Drink?
All of these have the same amount of alcohol When You Know You Are Out of Control Falling down a flight of stairs…Going to bed with someone you didn’t want to go to bed with…Not being able to remember what you did or where you were…Puking all over yourself or your date or your bathroom…Getting into a fight…Being picked up by the police…Spending too much money on alcohol…Being too hung over to do things you need or were supposed to do… These are all signs that your drinking has gone too far. At this point you may be out of control with your use and you are harming yourself. Think about these consequences and see exactly how far you want to go to "have a good time." Some Tips on Helping Yourself Stick To Your Personal Limits on Drinking
How to Help a Friend with a Drinking Problem
Nearly 90% of interventions are successful. Just remember that your friend needs help. Try sharing your concerns, it could be just the thing your friend needs to get started with helping him/herself. For more information and/or guidance, please contact any of the following: On Campus:
In the Community:
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