Long-term effects of alcohol on the central nervous system include tolerance, dependency, and irreversible damage. Changes in tolerance for alcohol, and the alcoholic drinker's dependency on alcohol, demonstrate that changes occur in the brain. With each drinking episode, central nervous system functions deteriorate in a predictable sequence, beginning with intellectual functioning, followed by disturbances in sensory and motor control. Last affected are the automatic biological functions, such as breathing and heart action. The brain is the organ that is most affected by alcohol, and proves that it is being damaged
It also controls emotion; being intoxicated threatens the normal function of this. Alcohol is a depressant, which means it slows down activity. People mistake alcohol as a ‘pick me up’ because when first drinking it, it makes you feel more outgoing rather then reserved, but as they continue to drink
Smoking and drinking are both addictive and can have negative effects if used improperly, but smoking one cigarette is more harmful than drinking one beer. If they lowered the drinking age to 18, there would be a lot fewer problems related to alcohol. Lowering the drinking age would take away the excitement of teens drinking. People who are under the age and drink see drinking as a rebellious act. Under age teens will drink less than they did before since the thrill of is gone.
One effect is alcohols ability to alter the emotions of the drinker which can cause a loss of control over the individual’s inhibitions. Behaviors that would normally not occur with sobriety are manifested in an alcoholic home. Hair-trigger tempers and mood swings
Effects of Drugs and Chemicals on the Brain and Body Ashley Schreij General Psychology 1030 – F01 Bob Zimmerman March 17, 2013 Effects of Drugs and Chemicals on the Brain and Body Drug abuse is something many people are familiar with. Different drugs affect each person and their mind and body differently. All drugs affect the mind and body differently but they all chemically alter the brain, some to an extent to where it has become an addiction. There are many drugs out there that are addicting and hazardous, but I am going to address some of the more known ones: 1. Alcohol 2.
Alcohol has a biphasic effect on the human body which means that its effects change over time. First, alcohol typically produces feelings of relaxation and cheerfulness then once you drink more and more it can lead to dehydration, coordination problems, blurred vision and even death. One of the worse things I think it causes to your body is dehydration, you need water to stay alive and basically alcohol just sucks it all up. Dehydration can lead to electrolyte an imbalance which is why you get headaches and feel dizzy afterwards. This is also why you get a headache in the morning because your brain swells up from lack of water.
Brain Part | Alcohol’s Effects on Brain Parts | Cerebral Cortex | When alcohol reaches this part of the brain, a person can lose judgment and lower his or her inhibitions. Alcohol here also affects how the brain gets information from the senses, which might cause blurry vision and difficulty in smelling, tasting, and hearing. | Hypothalamus | This lobe of the cerebral cortex helps a person with planning, making decisions, and using self-control. Alcohol can harm a person’s ability to plan, make decisions, and use self-control. If alcohol is used over a long period of time, this part of the brain can be damaged permanently.
We can also include indoor air pollution in an exploration of the home environment. For example, inhaling other peoples tobacco smoke. Lifestyle factors Binge Drinking Alcohol related problems can lead to ill health and premature death. Especially through cirrhosis of the liver, and through alcohol related violence resultiing in emergency admissioin to hospital. Whilst the focus has been on how alcohol related illnesses can affect the middle aged, binge drinking is increasingly of concern, affecting bot teen agers and younger adults, and becoming an all too frequent way to spend a night out.
The harmful use of alcohol generally originates from young people who binge drink (WHO, 2011). Alcohol abuse is different from alcoholism as this stems from craving alcohol at all times (helpguide, 2011). Young people who binge drink risk serious health problems such as heart disease, high blood pressure, brain damage, type two diabetes and cirrhosis of the liver which
Goodpaster 1 Instructor: WR 60 23 October 2013 Alcohol: Emotional Effects Caused From Under Aged Drinkers This day in age; more and more kids don’t think about the damaging effects alcohol can do to a young adult’s body and mind. I am not speaking of the physical damage that it may cause, but rather the emotional turmoil that may occur. Consequences are always inevitable and may change a person’s life forever. To drink under age because it is seen as “cool” is not a good enough reason to risk changing one’s life forever. Drinking alcohol before the age of Twenty-one is not healthy.