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What Effect Does Alcohol Have on Confidence?

Reviewer Dr. Juan Harris MBA, MS, MCAP, CMHP, SAP, CIP, ICADC
Clinically Reviewed By Dan Schimmel, LCSW, CAP
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Alcohol directly effects the brain, this changes the way you think, feel and behave. When drinking alcohol you will begin a slight change of mood as you become intoxicated. While you continue to drink more alcohol you will begin to experience feeling of warmth, relaxation, mild sedation; exaggeration of emotion and behavior; your reaction time and in fine-muscle coordination will begin to decrease; your judgement will become impaired as you continue to drink.

As the blood alcohol level in your system increases your speech will become impaired and distorted balance; your motor coordination, hearing and vision will become impaired; you may feel depressed; you may not recognize your impairments and experience increased confidence. As your impairment increases as you continue to drink alcohol, your motor skills become dulled and your decision making becomes poor, this can have devastating results on your life.

Social Drinking

Many people drink socially as a way to increase their confidence. Members of the opposite sex who are unable to talk to one another while sober find it a lot easier to express themselves and feel confident in what they say and do. These effects of alcohol begin around 0.07 – 0.09 BAC, requiring a few drinks to get the confidence one needs to feel comfortable in a social setting.

Confidence Turning Into Trouble

Form many who drink alcohol they get carried away and binge drink. As their self confidence increases their decision making skills decrease. This can result in a number of poor choices that turn confidence into trouble. When intoxicated the confidence it produces making it hard to be aware of ones limitations, this can lead to the poor choice to drive while intoxication; resulting in legal troubles, injury or even death.

Along with the confidence to talk to the opposite sex the poor choice to go home with someone you barely know can result in unprotected sex, STD’s or accidental pregnancy. The confidence to continue drinking, being unaware of your limitations can also lead to you drinking an dangerous amount of alcohol, resulting in alcohol poisoning and even death.


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