The Effects of Alcohol Cause and Effect Essay by The Research Group

The Effects of Alcohol
An overview of the psychological and physiological effects of alcohol.
# 72701 | 1,125 words | 5 sources | APA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 01, 2004 in Psychology (Alcohol and Drugs) , Medical and Health (General)

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This paper describes and discusses the biological and psychological effects of alcohol, looking at both its short-term and long term effects. The paper notes that as long as the drinking is not extremely heavy, these effects will dissipate in time, however, if a person maintains moderate to heavy drinking over the years, the effects on the body will grow increasingly severe and will not dissipate when the person becomes sober.

Psychological Effects of Alcohol: Short-Term and Long Term

From the Paper:

"According to Clark (1995), in the short term alcohol immediately affects many parts of the brain and most especially those brain cells related to memory, attention, sleep, coordination and judgment. Alcohol impairs memory; this impairment, Clark states, is associated with the fact that alcohol inhibits the transfer and consolidation of information in long-term memory which is to say it can become quite difficult, depending upon how much one drinks, to remember at least some events that occur during this time. However, this is not the only affect. Alcohol also reduces the ability to remember information learned prior to going out for drinks.
"Alcohol also affects sleep. In this regard, Clark (1995) states that even in small doses, alcohol operates to inhibit REM sleep and when REM is suppressed, it leads to feelings of grogginess and tiredness in the morning. Even in the short term, alcohol can alter and even led to the death of both brain cells and those cells that support brain cells by supplying them with energy and nutrients.
"In addition to the central nervous system, alcohol has immediate effects on the reproductive system. Depending upon the amount of intake, Clark (1995) reports that alcohol can lead to loss of sexual sensation, inability to reach orgasm and temporary impotence. It can also retard sexual arousal."

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