A drug is substance that causes addiction, and most of the times, the word “drug” bears with it a negative connotation, mainly because it also stands for a harmful, illegal (read unnatural) substance because of the bad effects it has on our bodies and minds. But barely do we realize or accept the omnipresence of “legal” drugs that have become so ingrained in our diets and lifestyle.
One such substance, that has been widely embraced and can cause unimaginable physiological mayhem, and still remains legal for adults, is ALCOHOL.
Alcohol: The Legal Addiction
Don’t be amused to know that Alcohol is also a drug. Just because it doesn’t induce a kind of guilt due to its abundant acceptance, it doesn’t justify the ignorance of its repercussions. The awareness about the long term consequences of alcohol consumption can help save you from facing a life of isolation and despair.
I don’t want to take the moral ground but delve into scientific proof on how subtle physiological alterations, induced by alcohol, manifest into serious and spiraling complications. Like any drug, or substance, alcohol’s effects are noticeable when it has been consumed excessively.
Overriding Your Sensibilities:
When alcohol reaches our brain – mind you, very quickly-, it then affects mostly every command of our brain, triggering the reactions than most of us are familiar with – the sudden stutter, our precarious walk and our short, out of focus, sight. It reaches the part of your brain that is responsible with our decision making, it boosts our confidence, and it definitely has a say in our self control. It makes us indulge in impulsive actions, causing us to judge poorly, or, if you wish, to react rather spontaneously to whatever challenges we may face.
Alcohol, if ingested fast and plenty, it will excite immediate reactions in our body, such as a new-found passion and ability to dance. Or it will take you to new and interesting ideas, or make you more talkative, or everything combined in one evening. And if it is ingested on a regular basis, the substance will become more difficult for your system to eliminate, resulting in further physiological and psychological imbalances.