Do you remember your very first sip of an alcoholic beverage? What sensations did you feel? What happened to your body? To your senses? What happened to you? Whatever are the different manifestations of taking in alcohol, it is a fact that alcohol really affects you as it enters your body. Do you commit to memory having to pee all the time after having drunk at least 3 shots of alcohol? Or have you felt the world rotating around you while you take that last sip of vodka? These are just a little of the effects of alcohol and what it can do to your body as well as to your health.
Carbon and hydrogen are the main chemicals that makes up alcohol. The active ingredient in alcoholic beverages is ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol. It is a neutral and nearly flavorless fluid that is easily and quickly absorbed by the body. Alcohol is actually a depressant contrary to it being popular as a stimulant. It wears down the purpose of all living cells, especially those in the brain. Alcohol belongs to the same group of drugs as anesthetics and tranquilizers.
After being take in, alcohol is not being digested. It moves with tremendous speed through the body, affecting every single tissue and organ. It quickly emerges in the bloodstream, and its intoxicating effects are felt within a few minutes. That explains the heat you feel after having taken in several rounds of any hard drink. The body starts quickly to try to get free of the alcohol. It is absorbed through the stomach directly into the bloodstream. It then proceeds to the liver, where it is metabolized. However, when it is took in at a quicker pace than the body’s metabolism can handle (about one 12-ounce can of beer per hour), alcohol builds up in the bloodstream and is scattered throughout the body. The higher the concentration of alcohol, the greater the disturbance it has on body cells. Severe disruption of function can occur and can cause death. The effects of alcohol on various organs will be discussed in more detail below.
Alcohol undeniably has undesirable effects towards the brain and other parts of the body. The human brain is most sensitive to alcohol. Alcohol affects the entire body, but its effects on the tasks of the brain are the most obvious -and to the person who is drinking, the most important. People drink alcohol because of the way it makes them feel, without considering the damaging effects on the brain itself. The brain reacts to alcohol in stages. The first part of the brain to be affected is the cerebrum – the outermost layer, which is responsible for controlling the senses, speech, understanding, and judgment. Alcohol depresses first the parts of the brain that normally inhibit actions and emotions. It shows as if alcohol -although it is a depressant -is standing in as a stimulant because, as these higher centers of the brain are knocked out, the drinker feels liberated from moral and legal restrictions. Animation and the lost of inhibitions are the product of losing these restraints. The alcohol continues to depress brain functions, resulting in slurred speech, unsteady walk, blurry vision, and loss of co-ordination. Drinkers habitually feel that their manual skills have been improved because their decision has been damaged, while in reality their reaction times are slowed and their muscle coordination is less efficient. Next, the drinker experiences various exaggerations of the emotions that can range from violence and aggressiveness to tearfulness and withdrawal. If a person continues to drink, the body protects itself from further damage by “passing out”. Alcohol disrupts the memory as well as the ability to learn new things.
Like most treatments, alcohol addiction treatment is never easy. Alcoholics would always deny their condition. Thus, the first step in treating alcohol addiction is letting the self know that he has become dependent with alcohol and that this dependency is a severe problem that requires treatment very soon. Alcohol addiction treatment would entail medication and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Therapy is important in treatment because alcoholics need to have a change of lifestyle. They need to cope with life that is alcohol-free. Things will never be easy. The nonstop support of loved ones, and the willpower to change will always be necessary to succeed in this endeavor.
Alcohol addiction although not considered as an illness to some society deserves the right amount of treatment to control it’s negative effects.