Alcohol

Used to excess, alcohol can affect every system of the body. Alcohol abuse can have devastating effects on the family, job performance, society and public safety. Effects depend on amount consumed, the personality and mood of the drinker. Reactions can range from relaxation and euphoria to withdrawal or violence. Alcohol impedes fetal development.

Signs of Intoxication:

  • In coordination
  • Slurred speech
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

Withdrawl Symptoms:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Delirium tremors (DT’s or :the shakes”)

Effects:

Dependency, permanent damage to vital organs, premature mental aging, metabolic abnormalities.
Mind & Behaviour: Excitability, anxiety, depression, insomnia, possible violent behaviour, memory lapses, mental capacity, paranoia, auditory hallucinations, dementia.
Central Nervous System: Depressed activity.
Heart & Blood: Risk of anemia, high blood pressure, heart disease.
Brain: Risk of stroke, permanent brain damage.
Lungs: Progressively depressed respiration with increased consumption.
Liver: Risk of alcohol hepatitis, cirrhosis, disrupted glucose production.
Stomach: Risk of ulcers and gastritis.
Muscles: Muscle wasting due to vitamin and nutritional deficiencies.
Sexual Organs: Possible impotence.
Fetus: Deformity, lower birth weight, mental retardation, verbal and hearing defects, risk of spontaneous abortion, fetal alcohol syndrome.
Other Risks: Increased risk of cancer in various organs. Diminished ability of the immune system to identify cancer cells. Inflammation of pancreas, heart & muscle. In sufficient amounts, can cause respiratory failure, coma death.