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Alcohol Effects on the Body and Liver

Alcohol Effects on the body and the liverWelcome to the second of this series on the effects of drugs. The next drug we're going to cover is alcohol.

Before I even start talking about alcohol, the very first thing I want to do is define it. The simplicity of it is, is that alcohol is actually dead, rotted food. In other words, they take a big barrel, they dump some kind of food in it, like grapes for wine, barley for beer, potatoes for vodka, they add water and then they mash it all up. They'll cook that for a little while, and then after it's cooked, they let it sit there. And they let it sit there a little while longer. And then they let it sit there a little while longer until all the food in the barrel begins to rot. If you look at it, that is why alcohol is actually a poison. And that is why it affects the body the way it does.

The biggest effect of alcohol on the body is on the liver. The liver is important for a number of different reasons, but mainly your liver prevents the poisons from entering your body. In other words, it handles toxins and poisons that enter the body. Alcohol is a poison and if you drink more than one twelve ounce beer in an hour, the liver can not handle that poison. If you drink more than one six ounce glass of wine, same thing, liver can not handle it.

Short-Term Effects

Here are the short-term effects of alcohol:

  1. Headaches
  2. Impaired Judgement
  3. Unconsciousness
  4. Coma





Long-Term EffectsHere are the long-term effects of alcohol:

  1. Alcohol Poisoning
  2. Liver Damage
  3. Nerve Damage
  4. Brain Damage

Those are the short-term and long-term effects of alcohol. Obviously, once again, we're all going to make our own decisions, but keep those in mind when you go to make that decision whether to use or not.

Thank you very, very much for listening and don't miss our next in this series, which is the effects of meth amphetamines.


This is one of the several drug education videos on the effects of drugs with Bobby Wiggins, Narconon Drug Prevention Specialist. If you know someone with an alcohol addiction problem, please contact us at 800-775-8750 or email us. Contact one of our counselors to know if the person needs to do medical detox before going to rehab.



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