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Descriptionharmful effects of alcohol
Alcohol is a very serious and dangerous drug, although it is not treated this way anymore. College students have taken drinking to a new level in which, for many, is very scary. Alcohol is much more dangerous than many would think. Kids see a night of drinking as a great way to have fun and party but do not see the consequences. Getting drunk and even blacking out can lead to many problems. When alcohol is consumed in unhealthy amounts it can lead to not only short-term effects, but long term ones as well.
Many people could tell you what alcohol will do to you. Blurred vision, memory loss, slurred speech, difficulty walking, and slow reaction times are all very common side effects depending on how much one consumes (вЂњAlcohol AlertвЂќ). To most there is really nothing wrong with this. Party all night, have a good time, find somewhere to sleep, pass out, and wake up in the morning. A couple of Advil and a glass of water and youвЂ™re good to go, no harm done. This is where many are wrong. These effects are not just short term, they all add up in the long run. вЂњSome of these impairments are detectable after only one or two drinks and quickly resolve when drinking stops. On the other hand, a person who drinks heavily over a long period of time may have brain deficits that persist well after he or she achieves sobrietyвЂќ (вЂњAlcohol AlertвЂќ).
Ethyl alcohol or ethanol, or most often known as simply alcohol can come in the form of beer, wine, or liquor. It is a depressant that affects the central nervous system although many would believe it to be a stimulant. Many people get more energetic and stimulated but this is only because alcohol affects parts of the brain that control judgment. The вЂњstimulatedвЂќ affect of alcohol actually amounts to a depression of self-control. Alcohol ultimately slows down the brain and, depending on the amount of alcohol consumed, can lead to many side effects such as slurred speech, hazy thinking, reduced reaction time, impaired vision, and lucid memory. Side effects vary depending on how much and how fast one drinks and also on gender (Dunlap).
Many believe that alcohol affects women much more than it does men. This can sometimes be due to the fact that men are much bigger than women but at the same time, men usually metabolize faster when means that their bodies can break down the toxins much quicker. Studies have shown that women are вЂњmore vulnerable than men to many of the medical consequences of alcohol use. For example, alcoholic women develop cirrhosis, alcoholвЂ“induced damage of the heart muscle (i.e., cardiomyopathy), and nerve ...
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