Use of alcohol are seen in two major ways. First is the every day drinker that uses alcohol on a regular basis to function. Second is the “binge” drinker this type of drinker may be able to sustain from alcohol for a period of time but once they have a drink they usually cannot control the amount of alcohol they consume. Both can have a tremendous effect on the life of the drinker causing loss of jobs, family and friend’s as well as health problems. Alcohol has both short term and long-term effects.
The short-term effects of alcohol. The short-term psychological effect is to suppress the central nervous system. At low alcohol levels the person may have trouble walking or talking. Higher levels may cause a person to pass out or even die. The effects of alcohol vary from one person to the next; Weight, food, heredity and drinking habits are some of the reasons why the effects of alcohol may vary.
The short term psychological effects can include happiness, loss of inhibitions, poor judgment, reduced concentration and can even impact a persons sex life.
Long-term psychological effects of alcohol. These effects can be much more serious. Alcoholics in this stage seem to go through four different phases.
Pre-alcoholic symptomatic phase. This stage is where the alcoholic starts out as a social drinker. Alcohol relieves tension so the drinker starts to drink more often.
Prodromal phase. In this stage the drinker’s thoughts tend to be mostly about alcohol. They may try to hide their drinking and try to consume larger amounts in a shorter time period. This type of drinker tends to feel guilty and they also tend to have blackouts.
Crucial phase. In this stage of drinking once the person has their first drink they may not be able to stop until they are over intoxicated. These binges may last for days.
The final stage is the chronic stage. This is the stage where the alcoholic is drinking on a regular basis. They may start drinking in the morning and continue to stay intoxicated all day. The results in this are often a loss of family, friends, and even their job because now the most important thing in their life is alcohol.
Long-term physiological effects of alcohol. These effects include an increase in tolerance, physical
Discomfort, hallucinations and anxiety. Chronic alcoholism can destroy brain cells, causes nutritional
Problems, and all around health to deteriorate. Chronic alcoholism can result in cirrhosis of the liver, heart
Failure, broken capillaries, and cancer of the mouth or throat. An unborn fetus can
Develop fetal alcohol syndrome, which can lead them to be both mentally retarded and deformed.
Although in large doses alcohol is bad studies have shown that in moderate amounts it can
Lower the risk or heart disease.
I have experienced the stages of alcoholism in my own life. Started out partying with friends then it
Just goes on from there. A lot of aspects to this article are true there are physical withdrawals, but I also
Believe like with any addiction that if you want to quit bad enough you can, all the things that you lose, and
The effects on your health are not worth the risk of becoming an alcoholic.