Today, we will reveal the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol has on our body, health and behavior, if you drink more than two servings.
After you read all the facts below, it is up to you whether you would risk your health thus again.
What you experience after a few drinks is a decrease of your central nervous system. This is due to the effect of alcohol, which has a disadvantageous impact on the balance of neurotransmitters, which are the chemicals accountable for communicating information between nerves.
Thus, these are the most common symptoms you will suffer:
Distorted vision and hearing
Blackouts (memory lapses or inability to recall events that happened while under the influence)
Decreased perception and coordination
Anemia (loss of red blood cells)
Apart from these, you can also be seriously injured due to blacking out. Alcohol is also the major cause of car accidents, and can often lead to fire injuries, dangerous falls, drowning and industrial accidents.
Alcohol and Driving
The worst combination ever is the combination of alcohol and driving. It is the last thing you should practice, as it is extremely dangerous. Namely, you are more likely to speed, hit another vehicle, or not wear a seatbelt.
Alcohol reduces your cognitive abilities, as it decreases neurotransmission levels, and in that way, it impairs your vision, coordination, reaction time, multitasking ability, judgment, and decision-making. Therefore, driving in this condition is far from safe!
Furthermore, when you are under the influence of alcohol, your perception of distance and speed perception is deformed. Thus, you are speeding while you think that you are driving slower, or you see things farther or closer than they are in reality.
Additionally, alcohol inhibits your ability to recognize hazardous situations and to make reasonable decisions about an impending danger, and slows down your reaction time even when you make a good decision.
Alcohol has a disastrous effect on the function of the entire body.
The most common changes that it causes are the following:
Shortness of breath
High blood pressure
Inflammation of your stomach lining
High blood pressure
Lowered immune response
The hidden effects listed above can be even worsened by the regular alcohol consumption. In general, the short-term effects go away as soon as the alcohol has been metabolized in and discarded from your body. On the other hand, the long- term use of alcohol will aggravate these effects, and will also make them lasting.
This means that your cognitive difficulties will become even worse, and you can face numerous complicated issues in acquiring and processing new information, as well as problem-solving difficulties.Also, research shows that around 25% people who regularly consume alcohol are affected with some kind of heart disease.
There is no doubt that the frequent consumption of alcohol leads to numerous heart conditions, such as coronary heart disease, increased blood pressure, cardiac arrhythmia, a higher risk of stroke, cardiomyopathy – enlargement of the heart muscle which makes it more rigid and harder to contract.
Despite all this, the regular use of alcohol consumption will also increase the risk of mouth, throat, esophageal, bowel, breast, and liver cancer, as well as musculoskeletal damage.