Alcohol – Downsides

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• Drowziness
• Blurred vision
• Slurred speech
• Limbs feeling heavy
• Movements becoming difficult
• Difficulty coordinating thought and movement (you reach out to pick up a glass but you knock it over; you think you’re walking through the doorway, but you end up banging into the door frame, etc)
• Difficulty understanding and remembering things (because brain function is slowed down)
• Difficulty working out where sounds are coming from
• Making bad decisions (because brain function is slowed down and inhibitions are removed)
• Falling over
• Feeling sick or being sickpuking-pumpkin-1-1320521-1280x960
• Passing out
• Paranoia – thinking people are winding you up, bumping into you deliberately, picking a fight with you
• Getting angry with other people
• Picking fights with other people
• Accidents and injuries (because of being unable to control your movements properly, unable to judge sounds and distances, falling over, etc)
• Alcohol poisoning
• Dehydration. This is because alcohol causes a loss of heat and moisture in the body. Dehydration is when the body has lost too much moisture. It can make you feel very ill and if it keeps getting worse, and nothing is done about it, it can lead to death (see Harm reduction page for how to reduce the risk of dehydration)
• Death by choking. Alcohol intoxication can lead to unconsciousness and vomiting, at the same time. If you pass out on your back (or even if you go to bed and fall asleep on your back) and are then sick, the vomit can collect in the back of your mouth and throat, and choke you in your sleep (see Harm Reduction page for how to reduce this risk)
• Hangover. This is the name given to the way you feel the day after drinking too much. Hangovers are caused by dehydration.

For info on how to avoid downsides, visit our Alcohol Harm Reduction page