Summary: The Physiological And Psychological Effects Of Alcohol

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Alcohol has been around for thousands of years, and throughout those years’ alcohol has evolved into more than just beer and wine. Surprising as it may be alcohol is considered a drug, and like many drugs it is neither a good thing or a bad thing. If alcohol is used cautiously, it can be used as a fun event drink. Like the many drugs out there, there are people who abuse and end up addicted to it. In today’s society, alcohol is viewed to be harmless. Alcohol effects the body in more ways than one may realize. Such things like physiological and psychological effects are things everyone should be aware of when it comes to alcohol. Everyone should be aware of the effects of alcohol before they decide to partake in drinking it.
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Along with physiological effects, alcohol can cause many psychological effects. Contrary to popular belief, alcohol can actually increase anxiety and stress, and can contribute to feelings of depression. Regular heavy drinking can actually interfere with the neurotransmitters in one’s brains needed to help deal with stress and reduce feelings of depression and anxiety (“Alcohol and Mental Health”, 2016). Alcohol is also linked to feelings of suicide, self-harm, and even psychosis. Alcohol can make people behave impulsively leading them to take actions they might have never taken without alcohol such as suicide and self-harm (“Alcohol and Mental Health”, 2016). Not only can alcohol effect someone physiologically and psychologically, but it can also have social effects. Alcohol can cause one to withdraw from the people they love. They may start to form relationships with people with similar addictions as them only causing the problem to get worse. Alcohol can also cause a person to become violent. This becomes especially serious if there are children involved. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism estimates that around 16% of child abuse cases stem from a parietal alcohol problem (“Harmful Alcohol Use”, 2003). Alcohol can also cause problems at work. Alcohol can cause a person’s work performance to decrease, and it can also cause the people to be terminated from the

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