There are a few things below that you should think about before you make your choice about going out to drink some alcohol. Alcohol is produced when sugars from fruits or cereals are fermented. It travels quickly to all parts of the body and the brain is the first part to be affected. It will dull the parts of the brain which control how the body works that will affect the ability to make decisions and stay in control.
Initially, you may feel happy and less inhibited. After a few more glasses, you will definitely start to speak differently, experience blurry vision and change your mood.
It takes the liver approximately an hour to break down a unit of alcohol. This is the average time that you will sober you up. There are a lot of factors to consider as to how quickly it is processed in your body and the amount that will stay in the blood.
- The smaller you are, the quicker you feel the effect because you have less tissue to absorb it. It is also more dangerous to youth since they tend to have a smaller size than adults. Alcohol will have a greater effect on them. It is more damaging, particularly to teenage brains.
- Older people are more susceptible to alcohol effects because their body changes as they grow older such as the increased of body fat and decreased of body water content.
- Alcohol affects you more quickly when you have not eaten yet because the food slows down the absorption rate of alcohol.
- Mixing alcohol with water or fruit juice makes the effect of alcohol slower.
When thinking about a regular alcohol intake for a longer time, it is suggested to have a light to moderate drinking and limit the intake to one glass or less a day for women and two glasses or less a day for men.
According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), four or more glasses a day or more than 14 glasses in a week for men, and three glasses or more a day or more than seven glasses a week for women are considered heavy drinking.
Chronic diseases such as cirrhosis, cancer, and high blood pressure as well as injuries, violence, and alcohol abuse or dependence are the consequences of heavy drinking.