Alcohol is a legal liquid depressant that can be bought in gas stations and package stores throughout the United States. This drug is widely used by people young and old all over the world and at one point in history was banned from the United States because of its effects to the brain and body. When a person uses alcohol he or she will begin to experience what are known as short-term side effects. These alcohol effects remain present for about one hour for every drink, so if you consume six drinks it will take you roughly six hours to completely rid yourself of the short-term side effects.

Effects of Alcohol

Several commonly experienced short-term effects of alcohol include:

  • Short term memory loss
  • Headaches
  • Vomiting
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Loss of physical control
  • Loss of vocal control
  • Fatigue
  • Confusion

Experiencing these effects of alcohol is completely normal and they can become more serious depending on the individual and their bodies tolerance level. Also, when a person consumes large doses of alcohol at one time he or she can encounter what is known as alcohol poisoning. This side effect of using alcohol can cause death and in many cases will lead to at least an overnight hospital visit.

Every year in America thousands of people become addicted to alcohol and live with these daily side effects of alcohol and many others die due to alcohol poisoning. Because of this, alcohol is considered to be in the same class with other depressants and is even restricted from sales in many cities and counties.

Getting Alcohol Addiction Treatment

If you or someone you care for is using alcohol regularly or is using alcohol as an escape from their everyday life, contact us today. Our addiction treatment counselors will help guide you or your loved one towards the best program to fit your needs.