Physical Effects Of Alcohol

The Many Physical Effects Of Alcohol

There are both short term and long term physical effects of alcohol, ranging from being a bit tipsy when having had one to many, or just having one if not used to drinking, to very severe symptoms that can accompany long term use and abuse of the substance.

When heavy drinking is not involved, and people only drink socially and not all that much, the physical effects of alcohol often tend to be a bit humorous and are usually rather harmless. Some individuals become very quiet and introverted while others become very talkative and extroverted. At times a few drinks bring to life a totally different person than the one you thought you knew. Some people, having had a bit too much can become the life of the party and hilarious, a few become argumentative or what are called “mean drunks”.

Together with a loss if inhibitions, concentration, or judgment, often comes poor coordination. A person showing no outwards signs of the physical effects of alcohol may suddenly lurch or stumble, possibly bumping into something, or someone, a situation that normally that is easily avoided.

A Tolerance For Alcohol – Not Good - The more we drink at one time, the more severe the physical effects of alcohol may be, and if drinking heavily becomes a habit, the physical effects may indicate serious health issues. For example, many who drink are proud of the fact that they can "hold their liquor" or drink the next person under the table. The ability to hold one's liquor is a warning sign that all too often goes unheeded. Holding ones liquor means the body has developed a tolerance for alcohol, but does not mean that the body has become immune to the potentially damaging physical effects of alcohol.

We Get Sick For A Reason - Another warning sign, not just frequently ignored, but almost always ignored, is that of becoming sick or experiencing nausea during or immediately after drinking. Feeling sick is almost an expectation, and is usually dismissed as being a temporary, if unpleasant experience. What the body is telling us however, is when we are drinking alcohol we are ingesting a toxin, or for lack of a better word, a poison. Getting sick is the body's way of trying to eliminate the poison before it can do damage. The person who can "hold his liquor" doesn't usually get sick, but that doesn't make alcohol any less toxic, and it will, over the long term, do damage.

The Walking Alcoholic - Sometimes the long term physical effects of alcohol can be difficult to detect. Alcoholics often are very good at disguising their condition. The “walking alcoholic” often appears to function quite normally, the only sign being an occasional scent of alcohol on the breath. Such a person may be living what outwardly appears to be a normal life, including meeting the responsibilities in the workplace. Their performance, while perhaps not viewed as being deficient, is in reality usually much lower than in could be, and eventually the physical signs of alcohol, including serious health issues are likely to come to the fore. Physical signs may eventually manifest themselves as loss of work days due to illness as the body's immune system is weakened, or loss of workdays, such as Mondays, due to the physical effects of alcohol the day after. In the worst case scenarios, these effects manifest themselves as liver disease, diabetes, brain damage, and either excessive weight loss or excessive weight gain.

The physical effects of alcohol should not be ignored, no matter how innocent or harmless they may appear to be. The danger of alcohol is not so much that it is toxic. Toxic elements don't do the body any good of course, but in limited amounts may do little or no harm. The real danger is addiction, where one slips into denial as far as the meaning and danger of the physical effects being experienced are concerned.