Short-term Effects of Alcohol

drunkThe laws governing the production and sale of alcohol differ from country to country. Likewise, the minimum age for consumption of alcohol is also different across the world.

Some alcoholic beverages like Absinthe, are banned in many countries due to its effects on the drinker.

When alcohol is consumed, a person feels lightheaded, drowsy, happy, sometimes sad, lethargic and so on, because of its psychoactive properties.

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Painkillers and Alcohol

sdfbPharmaceutical companies classify all painkillers into two categories―over-the-counter and prescription-only. There is a common misconception that you can safely consume over-the-counter painkillers. These painkillers are also equally dangerous when consumed with alcohol. A rule of thumb that you can follow is to check the information that comes with the medication.

Almost all pharmaceutical companies explicitly mention if the painkillers react with alcohol or not. However, it is better not to consume both at the same time under any circumstances.

Is it Safe to Consume Alcohol with Painkillers?

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Red Face and Alcohol

red-face-alcoholRed face and alcohol often go hand in hand. And I’m not just talking about embarrassment here! At every party you see that one guy who has had a lot to drink and his face is all red. This particular occurrence is known as alcohol flush reaction and is one of the side effects of alcoholism. So what causes this reaction? The red face is more commonly seen among people of east Asian descent and hence, is also known as the Asian Flush. The red face makes the people feel more flustered.

Facts You May Want to Know…

☛ Most people do not know this, but an alcohol flush reaction is a potentially dangerous reaction in the body. Usually, when a person consumes alcohol, the liquid (primarily ethanol) is first converted to a substance known as acetaldehyde, by a compound known as alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH).

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Duration of Alcohol Withdrawal Symptoms

Alcohol-withdrawal-symptomsAlcohol has a sedating effect on the brain because our bodies are not designed to digest alcohol. The brain copes with this by producing enzymes like serotonin and norepinephrine in large quantities which balance the chemistry of the brain and help the brain in dealing with the ill-effects of the same. A heavy drinker who suddenly stops the intake of alcohol experiences certain withdrawal symptoms that range from the mild to the severe depending on how heavy a drinker the person is. These symptoms come about because when the alcohol is suddenly discontinued, the brain does not stop the production of these enzymes and it is these enzymes that are responsible for leading to the varied withdrawal symptoms.

The most common symptoms include seizures, tremors, hallucinations, irregular breathing and heavy sweating, along with a more dangerous one – delirium tremens. The duration of these symptoms will depend on each individual person. The longer a person has been consuming alcoholic drinks, the symptoms will tend to be that much more severe and last longer. Let us review the same in the following section.

2-3 Days

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Stomach Pain after Drinking Alcohol

152163809_XSAlcohol consumption has many dangers and side effects, and if you are experiencing severe pain in your stomach after this, there’s plenty of cause to be concerned. This discomfort is often seen after a night of binge drinking, and is accompanied by many other symptoms as well. While you might think that you are ‘manning it out’ by overlooking the pain, the fact is, this could be something you would live to regret. Stomach pain could be your body sending out signs telling you that all is not well, and you might want to take it seriously. For some, stomach pain may be a common occurrence, simply because they have been used to consuming alcohol in copious amounts.

Why Does Alcohol Cause Stomach Ache Anyway?

Gastrointestinal (GI) tract is the first organ system that get exposed to alcohol. Chronic alcohol consumption alters the structure as well as functions of the GI tract which leads to stomach ache, heartburn, acid reflux and abdominal discomfort. Some of the reasons for such stomach ache and other symptoms are as follows:

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