Alcohol aka ethanol aka ethyl alcohol is a clear and colorless liquid. It is created through fermentation. It is one of the most used substances in the world. It is legal in many countries. Drinking alcohol can result in intoxication symptoms, which we will explore just below – hang tight!
After drinking alcohol, the effects usually start within 10 minutes.
At first, alcohol acts as a stimulant but it is actually a depressant. It causes the release of the “feel-good” neurotransmitters dopamine and serotonin. They can make you feel less “inhibited” or more “outgoing” and “confident”.
However, the more you drink alcohol, the more it “slows down” your central nervous system. This can cause symptoms like:
This is especially why it is important to drink water when consuming alcohol.
With your body flushing out water quickly, the risk of dehydration runs higher. When our bodies are dehydrated, it can lead to unpleasant symptoms. Such as: dry mouth, headache, cramping, feeling light-headed, vomiting, etc.
Drinking is a common activity but it can be dangerous as well. Planning to drink in a safe way can make it a more safe and more enjoyable option.
Here are some tips:
Many people use alcohol recreationally and responsibly. But there are risks in developing harmful habits.
Here are some signs to look for in harmful alcohol use:
Saying “yes” to 2 or more of these may be a sign of an Alcohol Use Disorder.
Binge drinking is when you drink a large amount of alcohol in a short period of time. This is common with drinking games, pre-drinking, doing shots, or shot-gunning your alcohol. By doing this, your body is not able to process the alcohol quickly enough. This causes your blood alcohol level to rise and you become intoxicated or drunk.
Intoxication impacts your judgment, attitudes, behaviour, and reflexes. People do all kinds of things when they are drunk that they would never do when they are sober. People are less inhibited, sensitive and aware. They are often more reckless and careless when intoxicated. They can do things that seem stupid, dangerous, embarrassing or even shameful once they have sobered up.
While drinking any amount of alcohol can bring certain risks, binge drinking definitely increases the risk of more serious harm.
Potential harmful effects from binge drinking:
You can learn more about binge drinking here. Follow the low-risk drinking guidelines to help limit your health and safety risks while drinking.
Though less talked about, many people choose to not drink alcohol at all. That is 100% fine! Some people decide to become sober after using substances. Some people know that using substances doesn’t suit them.
You might be told it’s “uncool” to choose a sober lifestyle. However, choosing to not use alcohol, tobacco or other substances is actually rooted in hardcore punk culture! In fact, a recent article in New York Times talked about how many young people are pursuing sobriety and how it’s become chic and celebrated. Check out this article that interviews 6 millennial women on how they navigate sobriety.
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