Effects of Alcohol and Alcohol Use Disorder

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Effects of Alcohol and Alcohol Use Disorder

Immediate Effects of Alcohol

Most people are aware of the effects of drinking alcohol are. These are the types of things that we experience when we are “buzzed”, “drunk”, “faded” or any other term one might use when drinking to a point of inebriation. After a few alcoholic beverages, most people will feel more socially open while they will also notice some slurring of their speech as well as some loss of their coordination.

In more severe situations, drinking too much can lead to a variety of effects, including passing out, soiling oneself, vomiting, and even death in the worst scenarios. There is also a situation referred to as blacking out where the person continues making decisions and doing things although they can’t remember any of it later.

Long-term Effects of Alcoholism

While the immediate effects of alcohol intake might seem like they would have a direct impact on long-term alcohol use disorder, the way alcohol affects the body after being used for a long time is rather different than what’s experienced when inebriated. These long-term effects of alcoholism include things like liver problems, severe depression, mood swings, loss of motivation, and more.

Ending Alcohol Use Disorder

This all being said, it makes sense that treating alcoholism is very important to the structure of one’s family. Be it yourself or a loved one that has alcohol use disorder (which is interchangeable with alcoholism), seek the help of a premier south Florida alcohol treatment facility like 1st Step Behavioral Health as soon as possible. If you are unsure whether or not you are dealing with a long-term alcohol use disorder or if it is “just” a string of independent cases of binge drinking, we still recommend contacting us as soon as possible – we will gladly help determine what situation you are currently facing and offer assistance in coming up with what your plan of action should be from there. Contact us today

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.