Most alcohol consumers may be familiar with the term “hangover”. What they may not know is that a hangover is basically an aggregate of all the effects a person experiences after consuming too much alcohol. The severity of a person’s hangover will often depend on a number of things such as the quantity of alcohol they consumed, their body’s hydration level during the time they were drinking and their health status.
Here, we look at the 6 main short-term effects of alcohol abuse.
1.Blackouts: Too much alcohol in your system has the tendency to cause some form of temporary amnesia referred to as a blackout. When this happens, you will not be able to recall most or all of the events that took place while you were drinking.
2.Alcohol poisoning: When you consume too much alcohol within a significantly short period of time, it often results in what is called alcohol poisoning. Your body will not be able to metabolize the high alcohol quantity therefore causing most of your body functions to become depressed. In some cases, this has led to a person falling into a coma or death.
- Insomnia: In as much as alcohol can be a good depressant,excessive consumption of it may end up having the opposite effect. It may end up causing sleep deprivation and insomnia to the person doing the heavy drinking.
- Ataxia:This is a neurological problem that presents itself through a lack of voluntary muscle coordination. Alcohol is known to have a negative effect on the cerebellum, which is the part of the brain responsible for coordinating all body movements.
- Legal troubles:Excessive alcohol consumption often affects good judgment which results in poor decision making by the person drinking. This often results in legal troubles such as drunk driving, assault and many more.
- Relationship problems:With poor decision making, a drunk person will often engage in actions that ruin their relationships with people close to them. One such problem is engaging in drunken sex with a person who is not your spouse.
Most of these effects may seem small at the beginning but as your alcohol problem continues to become severe, these effects also grow in their severity. It is therefore advisable to seek rehab services the moment you notice these things increasing in frequency.
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