Alcohol affects people differently, depending on their size, sex, body build, and metabolism. For the alcoholic none of these things matter. Alcohol is a very dangerous substance, it has been one of the leading causes of death in the world. It lowers people’s inhibitions and impairs judgment. There have been 2.5 million deaths reported worldwide with the numbers increasing each year due to alcohol abuse. Some general effects of alcohol that most report are feeling of warm, having flushed skin, impaired judgment, decreased inhibitions, muscular in coordination, slurred speech, memory and comprehension loss. When too much is consumed vomiting can occur as well as loss of bladder and bowel functioning, poor respiration, a fall in blood pressure, coma and death.
When combined with other drugs the effects can be severely dangerous; many accidental overdoses have occurred from people mixing drugs and alcohol. A small amount mixed with marijuana, barbiturates, sleeping pills, as well as antihistamines can cause severe reactions the user can have loss of their motor functions.
Alcohol affects everyone differently and some may even get violent verbally or physically. Those who become physically dependent on alcohol may not only become violent when they do not have alcohol, they also become anxious and will suffer severe with-drawl symptoms without it. Some of these symptoms include sleeplessness, sweating, poor appetite, tremors, convulsions, hallucinations and death if not detoxed appropriately.
Those who have drinking problems often have a hard time admitting that they have a problem since drinking is so socially acceptable. It is important to recognize if you have a problem with alcohol and get help before it is too late.
Some warning signs of alcohol abuse:
- Feel guilty or ashamed about your drinking.
- Lie to others or hide your drinking habits.
- Have friends or family members who are worried about your drinking.
- Need to drink in order to relax or feel better.
- “Black out” or forget what you did while you were drinking.
- Regularly drink more than you intended to.