Effects of Alcohol
This page is dedicated to Effects of Alcohol on the human body.
Alcohol is a drug, a toxic substance and then, like all toxic substances have different effects at different doses. Its effects are comparable to those of any other drug because, like drugs, it affects the central nervous system, creates mental and physical dependence, addiction and behavioral disorders.
About 10 percent of consumed alcohol is absorbed from the stomach, the remainder from the small intestine.
Alcohol is spread very easily throughout the body (it is soluble in fats than in water). The first organs affected are the liver after 10-15 minutes, the brain, heart and kidneys. After an hour alcohol reaches muscle and adipose tissue.
Fat people have more ability to absorb alcohol, but this means that alcohol stays longer in their bodies. Then , alcohol comes to the liver, where about 90-95 per cent of alcohol is transformed; the remaining 10 percent is eliminated through the urine and lungs. The greater is the introduction of alcohol, the more the liver is forced to work overtime, and this causes a progressive damage of this precious organ.
The elimination rate of alcohol is 0.15 grams per liter of blood in an hour. This means, for example, that if you drink two glasses of wine or three glasses of beer, you will need about 4 hours to obtain the complete elimination of alcohol ingested.
A small amount of alcohol that is not absorbed is found in your breath and is the basis of breath analysis of drivers suspected of driving with impairment.
Alcohol, taken in small doses, has euphoric effects. Effects of Alcohol can be a loss of inhibitions and self-control caused by a regular and constant use of this drug and, in some individuals an increase of aggressive behavior.
The chronic alcoholic intoxication causes very serious and irreversible damage to the body. The toxicity of this substance is too often overlooked.
Effects of Alcohol are also a loss of calcium, less ability to fight off disease, anemia, reducuction of red and white blood cell production.
Alcohol can accentuate the effects of some medications, sometimes with dangerous results, so patients should never disregard their doctor's warnings.
Abuse of alcohol can causes: traffic accidents, accidents at work, low productivity disability, irritability, verbal aggression and behavior, perverse manifestations, impotence / frigidity, acute intoxication, liver disease, inflammatory and degenerative diseases of the digestive tract, pancreatitis, pulmonary disease, heart disease, metabolic disorders.
It is scientifically proven that 10 percent of all disease is currently attributable, directly or indirectly, to the effects of alcohol.
Contrary to what is commonly believed alcohol is not a nutrient, such as proteins, carbohydrates or fat, it's not essential to the body and it is instead a source of damage to the cells of many organs.
It is well known that just two glasses of an alcoholic beverage may be enough to greatly increase the risk of accidents caused by the slowdown in the ability to react to noise, light and space.
After a period of prolonged abuse, alcohol easily produces addiction. The alcohol dependence is chronic and progressive.
The goal of detox is to restore a life that's no longer dependent on drugs or alcohol. During a detox program say no to drinks after work and on social occasions. You may even consider making your home an alcohol free zone for a while and stock up with non-alcoholic drinks. Try mineral water with crushed strawberries and ice or lemon.
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