There are many reasons people drink alcohol, from the way it makes them feel to social pressure among others.
Alcohol has a variety of short and long term effects on the body, many of which can be harmful to the person’s health.
Short Term Impact
After consuming alcohol, you may feel more relaxed, confident, and social. Unfortunately, the more you drink the better chance there is that you will turn to negative behavior. This can include:
- Making decisions you would have avoided while sober
- Impaired thinking
- Reduced coordination
- Slowed reflexes
- Violent behavior
Note: As they become addicted to the substance, many people find that the short term impact of alcohol is turning into a long term problem.
Long Term Impact
When alcohol is consumed over an extended period of time on a regular basis, the body begins to react in a number of ways. Regular consumption can increase the risk of many serious diseases, including cancer of the liver, pancreas, mouth, and breast among parts of the body.
Long term alcohol abuse can also lead to dependency, making it difficult to stop drinking. Somebody who is dependent may run into the following issues:
- Unable to quit drinking despite the known consequences
- Withdrawal symptoms during attempts to quit
- Inability to control the use or quantity consumed
- Takes more alcohol to achieve the desired result
- Negative impacts on both the mind and body
No two people are going to react exactly the same to alcohol. That being said, there are many short and long term effects that span a large number of people.
The body reacts to alcohol in many ways, both over the short and long term. Anybody with plans of consuming alcohol must realize the impact it will have on his or her body.