what are the effects of alcohol during the evening?
Hangover, dizziness, sometimes even blackouts… Alcohol consumption has a direct impact on the body. But by what processes do wines, beers or even whiskey alter discernment?
What happens in the body?
Alcohol is a psychoactive product, that is, it has a direct effect on the brain. It can therefore lead to various manifestations which will vary depending on the number of glasses you drink, the rate of absorption, your sex, your age, your height and your weight… But in general:
By drinking 1 to 2 glasses : Your heart rate and breathing quicken. You are uninhibited, you have more self-confidence. You feel brighter and more relaxed. On the other hand, your taste, your sense of smell and your sight lose a little in acuity.
Between 3 and 7 glasses : Your reaction time decreases and you become clumsier. Your field of vision is reduced. It’s easy to understand why you shouldn’t drive. Also, your taste, smell and sight do not improve. You begin to speak louder, partly because you hear less well. Your memory is working less well. Your mood begins to change more markedly: happier and more exuberant or, on the contrary, more irritable and unpleasant.
Between 8 and 14 glasses : all the symptoms already mentioned are accentuated. Your speech becomes more painful (for you and also for others…). Your face may flush and your pupils dilate more.
Your joyful mood becomes exuberant or turns into dejection or anger. This is where the nausea and vomiting kick in…
Beyond 15 glasses : Your senses are now very dulled. What you see and hear barely gets to your brain. Your movements are completely disordered. You may feel absent or confused.
There is a high risk of blackouts, so you won’t remember much. You are completely “in the west”. And if you drink this amount over a short period of time, you risk an alcoholic coma.