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...

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...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. October 28th,


Alcohol Policy MD. Health Professionals Creating Solutions to Alcohol

Abuse. November 1st, 2005.

Virginia Tech Students: Alcohol’s Effects on the Brain and Body. July

5th, 2005.


October 30th, 2005.
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