Alcohol and Its Effects on the Body

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Alcohol and Its Effects on the Body As tempting as it might be to consume alcohol in college, I have found through recent experiences that the idea might not be as glamorous and fun as it seems. I have experienced the trouble that drinking can cause and the negative impacts that alcohol does to your body. Unfortunately, I have experienced many of the troubles that alcohol can acquire for someone. There are so many impacts that alcohol has on your body-acute effects, short-term effects, and long-term effects. A person’s brain is affected extremely from alcohol. While you are under the influence, cognitive abilities are affected even with the smallest measures of alcohol. Memory cells and those cells that pertain to memory are the brain cells that are most susceptible to alcohol. Alcohol prohibits the transfer and consolidation of memory-therefore, we will not be able to remember what happened before drinking and during that allotted time period. Drinking affects REM sleep. Therefore, no matter how much sleep you might get, it is likely that you will still wake up tired. Also, the risk of engaging in unsafe-sex is high as well as the risk of sleeping with someone that you might not normally. The chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease or becoming pregnant are higher than normal as a result of this sort of risky behavior. Short-term effects are considered to be effects of alcohol within the next 72 hours after drinking. Hangovers are the obvious major short-term effect of alcohol. The recovery period is an awful event that takes place the day after. Academic and social success could be affected by this p... ... middle of paper ... ...Alcohol is considered just as much an addictive drug as marijuana. It can also be just as hard to stop as a “crack-head” to stop cocaine. Alcohol is NOT the “cool thing to do.” It can make you do stupid things that can ruin your life and your reputation. I truly regret many things that alcohol has caused me to do and I hope that this paper has changed the ways of others as well. AMA-Brain Damage Risks. October 20th, 2004. http://www.ama-assn.org/ama/pub/category/9416.html. October 28th, 2005. Alcohol Policy MD. Health Professionals Creating Solutions to Alcohol Abuse. http://www.alcoholpolicymd.com/. November 1st, 2005. Virginia Tech Students: Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain and Body. July 5th, 2005. . October 30th, 2005.

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