Alcohol

Throughout history alcohol has remained a key component in cultural, religious and family traditions.  People have also used alcohol to enhance flavors in various foods.  Generally speaking, moderate alcohol consumption can be associated with health benefits, as well as longevity in living.

This social lubricant facilitates relaxation and comfort in those who are capable of drinking alcohol moderately.  However, at some point in a person’s drinking career he or she may cross the line from alcohol abuse to alcoholism.

Physical Make Up of Alcohol

Ethanol, the active chemical present in alcohol is man made through a fermentation process with yeast and grains, or sugar rich fruits and vegetables.  Some alcohol is produced through a distillation process, which makes the potency much stronger.

After a person consumes alcohol, the stomach absorbs the substance, and it begins to flow through the bloodstream.  As this occurs, the central nervous system slows down, or becomes impaired.  Then, a person under the influence of alcohol experiences a sense of comfort and release.

Alcoholic beverages may enhance the average person’s life, but there are however, those who suffer a tremendous amount of pain from abusing and sometimes becoming addicted to alcohol.

If you or someone you care about is abusing alcohol, you may want to understand various alcohol slang names.  When you suspect someone you care about is struggling with alcoholism, get help as soon as possible.

Alcohol Slang Terms:

  • sauce
  • booze
  • brew
  • spirits
  • wine
  • cider
  • hooch
  • moonshine
  • tipple
  • red-eye
  • canned heat
  • pimp juice
  • crunk juice
  • tramp juice
  • liquid courage
  • fire water

Alcohol Side Effects:

Men and women drink simply because they enjoy the way alcohol makes them feel. Moderate intake of alcohol makes a person feel relaxed, dis-inhibited, comfortable, social, talkative, and care free.

Consuming large amounts of alcohol produces the following effects:  nausea, vomiting, slurred speech, poor coordination, anger, impaired judgment and sleep disturbances.    Large intakes of alcohol produces “hangovers,” which includes dehydration, headache, nausea, vomiting and mood swings.

Somewhere along the way an individual may go from a moderate drinker to a heavy drinker.  This person needs more alcohol to achieve the same results as they did in the beginning of their drinking career.

When a heavy drinker crosses the line into alcoholism, then they are no longer boozing because they like the effect; they are drinking because they are physically and mentally bound to alcohol.

The disease of alcoholism involves a physical allergy and a mental obsession.  Once the substance enters the body, an alcoholic experiences an allergic reaction.  They physically crave more alcohol, and they will do whatever it takes to get it.

If an alcoholic has been sober for a period of time, the mental obsession begins playing tricks on them.  They will convince themselves that it will be different this time.  Before they pick up a drink they will remind themselves of all the “fun” times they had drinking, while forgetting about the mortifying experiences they had under the influence of alcohol.  This strange mental blank spot takes over and they ultimately drink again.  An alcoholic can go on like this for years, unaware that there is a way of living free from the disease of alcoholism.

Any drinking that is greater than moderate drinking can be damaging to your health.  Binge drinking, which is consuming 5 or more drinks in one sitting, has become increasingly popular in society today. Likewise, alcohol related accidents, assaults and deaths are on the rise.

The long term effects of alcohol include the following:

  • Hypertension
  • Central nervous system problems
  • Peripheral nervous system damage
  • Sexual impotence
  • Skin problems
  • Vitamin deficiencies
  • Fluctuating blood pressure
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Liver disease
  • Pancreatitis
  • Cirrhosis of the liver
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Panic disorders
  • Depression
  • Phobias
  • Mania
  • Anti-social characteristics
  • Personality disorders
  • Schizophrenia
  • Suicide
  • Stroke
  • Brain damage

Once the disease of alcoholism has progressed to the point that an alcoholic is experiencing withdrawal symptoms; they need help from an alcohol rehabilitation program with a medical detoxification unit.  Alcohol withdrawal symptoms are very serious, and can result in death.  If you or your loved one is experiencing alcohol withdrawal symptoms, never try to quit “cold turkey.”

Let trained medical doctors at an alcohol detox program help you through this process.  An alcohol rehab center can help you or a loved one achieve lasting sobriety.

Alcohol withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Delirium tremens (DTs)
  • Euphoria
  • Confusion
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Fear
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Decrease in appetite or anorexia
  • Hallucinations
  • Stomach problems
  • Sweating
  • Headaches
  • Insomnia
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Depression
  • Hypothermia
  • Weakness
  • Psychosis
  • Heart palpitations

These alcohol withdrawal symptoms vary depending upon several factors: age, gender, amount consumed, number of years abusing, and length of time since last drink.  Obviously, some of these symptoms can result in death.

If you or someone you care about is experiencing any of these withdrawal symptoms, please call (877) 674-2145 to find a safe medical detox.

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