is created by fermenting grains, fruits, or vegetables. Fermentation is a chemical process that uses yeast or bacteria to change the sugars in the food into alcohol. Alcohol has various different forms and can be used for many different reasons.
The type of alcohol that people consume is ethanol alcohol. Ethanol alcohol is a psychoactive drug and psychotropic substance which primarily affects the central nervous system. Alcohol acts upon the central nervous system where it alters brain function thus resulting in temporary changes in behavior, mood, consciousness and perception. Aside from being a psychoactive drug, alcohol is also a sedative.
Alcohol is absorbed through a person’s stomach. After the alcohol
enters the bloodstream it is distributed to all of the body’s tissues and goes directly to the spinal cord and brain. According to The Partnership for a Drug-Free America
website, the effects of alcohol are dependent on a variety of factors, including a person’s size, weight, age, sex, and the amount of food and alcohol consumed.
Short term effects of alcohol include the following:
- Impairs a person’s judgment and coordination required to drive a car or operate machinery
- Slurred speech
- Problems sleeping
- Nausea and vomiting
- Hangovers (symptoms include: headache, nausea, thirst, dizziness, and fatigue)
The Greater Dallas Council on Alcohol & Drug Abuse
states that the long-term effects of consuming large quantities of alcohol can lead to:
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- Permanent damage to vital organs
- Several different types of cancer
- Gastrointestinal irritations, such as diarrhea and ulcers
- Malnutrition and nutritional deficiencies
- Sexual dysfunctions
- High blood pressure
- Lowered resistance to disease
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Southern California Locations for Alcohol and Drug Treatment
Tarzana Treatment Centers has locations all over Southern California
in Los Angeles County. Other than our central location in Tarzana, we have facilities in Lancaster in the Antelope Valley, Long Beach, and in Northridge and Reseda in the San Fernando Valley.