The Effects Of Alcohol On The Brain

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Alcohol effects thousands of people every day. The depressant liquid drug has major effects on the user’s health, mental wellness, and life in general. Even though many American’s like to the taste of alcohol, they do not realize what the drug is doing to their bodies.
Health is one of the main things that alcohol destroys. Enough alcohol on a single occasion or over a long period of time can cause issues such as: stretching and drooping of the heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), irregular heart beat (arrhythmias), stroke, high blood pressure and many other problems. Among the heart, the other organs that alcohol affects are the liver and pancreas. Users can develop pancreatitis caused by the pancreas to produce toxic substances due to alcohol.
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There are a number of different factors that influence how and to what extent that alcohol affects a person’s brain, such as: the age at which he or she began drinking, general health status, how long he or she has been drinking, age, gender, ethnic background, and much more. After a few drinks, alcohol begins to impair brain function. Alcohol causes delays in reaction time and memory loss. When consuming large amounts of alcohol too quickly, blackouts will occur. Blackouts are periods of time when the intoxicated person cannot recall events or even details of the event. College students may be at particular risk for experiencing a blackout (The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, no. …show more content…
Some users may begin to see results with just individual or group counseling sessions. Being able to express feelings without alcohol is one step in the right direction. In many cases, along with inpatient treatment, doctors will provide medication to assist the recovery process. Acamprosate, Naltrexone, and Disulfiram are three of the top medications used for alcohol use disorders. Peer supports are also used for recovery. In peer supports, the peers are people who are currently in recovery and they use their experiences to work others towards the road to recovery. There are millions of other resources throughout the world that are available for anyone who is trying to self-treat or for family members who believe their loved one needs

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