4 September 2008

Good points and bad points about alcohol

- I can be an open and entertaining person without alcohol. (When I think of the word entertaining, I think of people in football shirts shouting "wahey!" and waving their arms in the air, and doing a crazy dance with it). All I need is a little confidence to be stupid and some good music to get me moving. Alcohol provides a state of mind, apart from just creating a physical change (dehydration of the brain), the actual "way you see the world" when you're drunk can be recreated without alcohol, you just have to let whatever thoughts come into your mind... out. Some people rely on alcohol in order to get to this state of happiness, but I get the idea that being reliant on substances in order to make you "feel" a certain way makes you weak - you should be able to do it with your mind alone. I am a cold thinker I must admit.
- Alcohol dehydrates the brain, which is why you feel light-headed. This can cause actual damage to brain cells, but then "you only live once", don't you?
- If I got drunk, I wouldn't be the happy-happy type. Because I hate alcohol so much (I actually feel like being Straight Edge is the most important part of my identity), I'd be going around smashing alcohol bottles up and probably, because I'm a pretty horny guy and I can somehow relate absolutely everything to sex, I would be doing it with everyone.
- When some people drink too much, they end up doing stupid things, like punching walls, punching people, or driving cars when they are "over the limit". I believe alcohol causes more problems than some people think it solves.
- Some people smoke only when they are drunk - and mixing the two is even more dangerous to the entire body - the lungs and the bloodstream. (Cigarettes contain over 3,000 chemicals, did you know?) And of course, smoking is just completely pointless and futile. It is without any single benefit or advantage to anyone, compared against everything else ever created.
- Too much, and you die. (Mind you, drinking too much water or eating too much can also kill you).

  • Euphoria (BAC = 0.03 to 0.12%).
    • Subject may experience an overall improvement in mood and possible euphoria.
    • They may become more self-confident or daring; they may become more friendly or talkative, and/or social.
    • Their attention span shortens. They may look flushed.
    • Their judgment is not as good—they may express the first thought that comes to mind, rather than an appropriate comment for the given situation. See: in vino veritas
    • They have trouble with fine movements, such as writing or signing their name.
  • Lethargy (BAC = 0.09 to 0.25%)
    • Subject may become sleepy.
    • They have trouble understanding or remembering things, even recent events. They do not react to situations as quickly.
    • Their body movements are uncoordinated; they begin to lose their balance easily, stumbling; walking is not stable.
    • Their vision becomes blurry. They may have trouble sensing things (hearing, tasting, feeling, etc.).
  • Confusion (BAC = 0.18 to 0.30%)
    • Profound confusion—uncertain where they are or what they are doing. Dizziness and staggering occur.
    • Heightened emotional state—aggressive, withdrawn, or overly affectionate. Vision, speech, and awareness are impaired.
    • Poor coordination and pain response. Nausea and vomiting sometimes occurs.
  • Stupor (BAC = 0.25 to 0.40%)
    • Movement severely impaired; lapses in and out of consciousness.
    • Subjects can slip into a coma; will become completely unaware of surroundings, time passage, and actions.
    • Risk of death is very high due to alcohol poisoning and/or pulmonary aspiration of vomit while unconscious.
    • Loss of bodily functions can begin, including bladder control, breathing, heart rate.
  • Coma (BAC = 0.35 to 0.50%)
    • Unconsciousness sets in.
    • Reflexes are depressed (i.e., pupils do not respond appropriately to changes in light).
    • Breathing is slower and more shallow. Heart rate drops. Death usually occurs at levels in this range.
Long term effects for moderate drinkers -

- Good for the heart and the blood (antioxidants etc. ------> The same antioxidants can be obtained from grapes, blackberries and chocolate :D). Alcohol increases HDL ("good cholesterol"), decreases thrombosis (blood clotting), reduces fibrinogen (a blood clotter), increases fibrinolysis (clot dissolving), reduces artery spasm from stress, increases coronary blood flow and increases insulin sensitivity -- all good for heart health.[20][21] Additionally, Thrombosis is lower among moderate drinkers than teetotalers.
- Less likely to suffer heart attacks (even non-drinkers).
- Reduced risk of coronary heart disease / coronary vascular disease / peripheral arterial disease / intermittent claudication.
- If you have already had a heart attack, drinking will help you survive the next.
- Reduced risk of stroke (only if one drink per week).
- Lower risk of developing gallstones, kidney stones, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis.

Long term effects for heavy drinkers -

- Inability to make new brain cells.
- Dementia --> Alzhemiers
- Tremors
- Psychological cases such as cravings, hallucinations
- In some studies, weight gain has been shown.
- Some studies suggest more likely chance of cancer developing.
- Poor foetal development.
- Aging such as poor brain development (as above) and skin recovery.