It is important for everyone to think carefully about how much alcohol they consume. While there are lots of people who use alcohol as a social lubricant, and some people are able to drink in moderation with their family members, friends, and co-workers, there are a variety of short-term effects that alcohol use can have as well.
If someone decides to drink alcohol and drink too much, even these short-term effects can be incredibly dangerous. For these reasons, it is important for everyone to understand the risks of drinking alcohol, and it is critical for people to know what to do if they feel like they need help controlling how much they drink.
First, it is critical to understand some of the factors that could play a role in the short-term effects of alcohol use.
Factors that may play a role in the side effects alcohol have on someone include:
Because these factors vary significantly from person to person, the way one person responds to alcohol may not be anything like the way the other person responds to alcohol. Some may not be okay to drive after only drinking two drinks, while other people might still be okay to drive after drinking four or five drinks.
It is critical for everyone to understand how alcohol will impact them before they decide to drink alcohol, as it will have a major impact on how their body responds to alcohol.
It is not unusual for someone to start feeling the effects of alcohol after only one or two standard drinks. Some of the first impacts someone may feel after drinking an alcoholic beverage include:
For many people, these effects might be pleasant, and that is why a lot of people enjoy drinking socially. After only the first drink, people will also notice that they need to go to the bathroom a bit more. That is because alcohol is a diuretic, and it causes the kidneys to produce more urine.
If someone continues to drink past this point, the effects alcohol causes will begin to change.
Some of the most common short-term effects of alcohol that someone may notice if they continue drinking include:
Alcohol can have a significant impact on someone’s brain function, which is why even short-term alcohol use can be dangerous. If someone continues to drink alcohol past this point, they may start to develop more serious symptoms.
For example, alcohol can cause people to lose consciousness, called blackouts. Alcohol can also cause someone to feel incredibly nauseous, and they may even start vomiting. People who drink alcohol may have a difficult time breathing, and it could lead to something known as alcohol poisoning.
Alcohol poisoning is incredibly dangerous, and it can develop if someone continues to drink past the point of being drunk (having a blood alcohol concentration, or BAC, over 0.08).
Some of the most common signs of alcohol poisoning include:
Alcohol poisoning can be life-threatening, so if someone around you has any of the symptoms listed above, it is important to call 911 to ask for emergency support right away. The sooner someone gets help for alcohol poisoning, the better the prognosis will be.
Individuals who are unable to control their drinking need to get help. Clearly, alcohol has a variety of short-term impacts, but it can also have long-term impacts on your health as well.
Some of the signs that someone may have a drinking problem include:
These are just a few of the many signs that someone could have a drinking problem. It is critical to reach out and ask for help from a professional.
Alcohol-related health effects can be severe. Alcohol use disorder can have an impact on your blood pressure, and alcohol affects not only the individual but also his or her family members and friends. Drinking alcohol, particularly binge drinking, can eventually lead to cirrhosis (liver disease) as well.
Because alcohol affects so many parts of your body, it is important to ask for help with alcohol addiction. A mental health professional can address alcohol dependence and help someone figure out why they have been drinking.
Common treatment options for alcohol use disorder include:
The short-term effects of alcohol use can be harmful to an individual’s health and overall well-being. Excessive alcohol consumption can lead to impaired judgment, slowed reflexes, and increased risk of accidents and injuries. Additionally, alcohol use can cause digestive problems, headaches, and dehydration, leading to a range of unpleasant short-term effects. For those struggling with alcohol addiction, seeking professional help is often necessary to overcome the condition and improve their quality of life.
At Riverside Recovery of Tampa, we offer comprehensive alcohol use disorder treatment programs designed to address the unique needs and challenges of each individual. Our facility provides a full continuum of care, including medical detoxification individual and group therapy, relapse prevention, and various therapies, all under one roof.
Contact our admissions team today to learn more about alcohol use disorder and our treatment options available.
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