Alcohol has immediate effects on your body.
When one is intoxicated, alcohol interferes with the ability to analyze sensory information, resulting in the symptoms of being drunk, including:
- Decreased motor coordination and balance
- Slurred speech
- Blurred vision
- Loss of judgment
- Dulled sensation of pain
- Loss of balance and coordination
- Loss of the ability to judge distance and heights
Alcohol is also a diuretic, making one urinate excessively, which speeds up the loss of fluid from the body, causing dehydration. Most of the nasty symptoms of a hangover, including headache, dizziness, thirst, paleness, and tremors—are caused by dehydration. Alternating drinks containing alcohol with a bottle of water can help you avoid the effects of dehydration.
Physical impacts of alcohol
- Even though someone who has been drinking might look as if they’re in a deep sleep, they will not be getting restorative sleep.
- Consuming five or more alcoholic beverages in one night can affect brain and body activities for up to three days.
- Two consecutive nights of drinking five or more alcoholic beverages can affect brain and body activities for up to five days.
- Attention span is shorter for up to 48 hours after drinking.
- Even the effects of small amounts of alcohol (BAC of .03) can persist for a substantial period of time after the acute effects of alcohol impairment disappear.