Essay Effects of Alcohol on the Brain

690 Words Nov 10th, 2010 3 Pages
Martin Prendergast Effects of alcohol on the brain Our society has always been surrounded by alcohol and has suffered from the effects of it. Alcoholism and binge drinking is one of the leading causes of death in America. Not only does alcohol destroy your body and mind but it also impairs your judgment and decreases your mobility and motor control. Abuse and alcohol related problems have always been around but the numbers are steadily increasing and the age of youth drinkers has also increased. You can’t watch television or listen to radio anymore without seeing a commercial for alcohol. Ads make drinking something that is cool and if you do it you will be attractive, cool, and someone that everyone wants to be. Ads like …show more content…
Long term abuse of alcohol destroys your brain and kills you nerve cells leading to many illnesses and problems. Killing of these brain cells can lead to strokes and nervous system failure. Short term and long term memory is largely affected in long time abuse. Alcohol changes your behavior and you lose control on what you are doing. When you drink you lose control of what you are doing and can become violent and destructive. Your nerve cells carry information to the rest of your brain but when you drink alcohol your ability to understand and process the information is disrupted. That’s why your actions and behaviors are different because the things you see and hear are different then they really are. Your body is affected by how much alcohol is in your blood stream. When your blood alcohol level is around 0.03 you produce lowered inhibitions, feelings of relaxation, more self confidence, diminished judgment, reduced attention span, and your coordination is lowered. Having a 0.09 blood alcohol level you have slower reaction times, loss of balance, blurred vision, exaggerated motions, and difficulty in remembering. With a 0.3% you have confusion, slurred speech, dizziness, and changes in mood including aggression, or increased affection, and not having the ability to feel pain. As the level approaches 0.50 a variety of physiological complications such as diminished

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