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Alcohol intoxication

The condition that results from consuming a disproportionate amount of alcohol over a relatively short period.

Effects

The effects of excessive alcohol intake depend on many different factors, including physical and mental state, body size, social situation and acquired tolerance; but the important factor is the blood alcohol level. Lesser intoxication increases social confidence and relaxes the user.

However alcohol can cause acute poisoning if it is consumed on sufficiently large amounts. It depresses the activity of the central nervous system, (spinal and brain cord), leading to the loss of normal physical and mental control. In severe cases consumption of a large amount of alcohol over a short period of time can lead to loss of consciousness and possibly even death.

Treatment

Recovery from alcohol intoxication usually occurs naturally as the alcohol is broken down in the liver. Medical attention is required if the intoxication has lead to a coma.


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