Effects on physical relations with alcohol

Alcohol affects every organ in the body: the brain, liver, heart, pancreas and gastrointestinal tract. The liver is the most vulnerable to alcohol. It is easily damaged by even small amounts of alcohol and has a very limited ability to repair itself. Damage to the liver can cause scarring of the liver (cirrhosis), which is not reversible. In addition, drinking too much alcohol may contribute to fatty liver, hepatitis, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke.

But how about the physical relations that can be effected when it comes to using alcohol? I want to delve deeper into some issues that could be heightened when mixed with alcohol.

There comes a time when you have to look at how much you change when you are using alcohol.  This period of contemplation maybe when something has happened which you did not like.  This could be something as small as injuring yourself through drinking, to something more serious like committing a crime whilst under the influence of alcohol.

There are so many different ways in which we can lose control when we are under the influence of alcohol, but in this blog post, I want to talk about some of the effects alcohol may have on our physical relations with others.

Intimacy issues

Whether you’re in a new relationship or you’ve been married for years, it can be hard to find time to connect with your partner. Intimacy is often increased with alcohol, but there are two sides of the story. As well as making you connect with somebody, you could also be making the wrong decisions.  Perhaps you get back together with an ex for the night, or wake up with somebody you don’t remember the name of! That increased feeling of closeness and connection when combined with alcohol is great in the moment, but the next day can be harder to deal with if its something you did not really intend to do.

Increasing aggression

This increase in aggression is caused by a number of factors, but mainly the increase of testosterone (a hormone involved in mediating behavioral and physiological responses to threats). The result of the body attempting to increase aggression is an overall feeling of anxiety brought on by the alcohols side effects. This ‘false-alarm’ causes you to become anxious with a craving for aggression.

It can be very easy to lose control when we have been drinking.  It could be towards a family member, or close friend.  We could even show signs of aggression towards a complete stranger if they say the wrong thing to us.  It can be a dangerous situation to get yourself into.

Sexual adventure with alcohol

Sexual adventure is a very important part of life so sexual risk taking behavior should be fully understood to prevent any problems from occurring. Some include sexual experimentation, early sexual activity, having friends who are sexually active, and using alcohol and drugs before or during sex. These behaviors can result in the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases, pregnancy, emotional upset or negative physical reactions from engaging in risky behaviours. Sexual experimentation and early sexual activity  leave young people vulnerable to unwanted pregnancy when used an effective method of birth control is not used.

You may end up doing things you have never wanted to do if you are under the influence of alcohol.  Some adventures you partake in if you are inhebriated on alcohol can cause problems much later in life if you are questioning yourself about what happened.

Providing what you do when your drunk, is not out of the norm when you are sober, then you will probably not have any consequences later in life, but try and ask yourself if its something you would normally do with a clear head.

These lower inhibitions alcohol drinks will help you chill out and have a good time. While many of us have these fun moments, sometimes we over-think things too much. Drinking socially is one of the best ways to reduce stress, but does alcohol really reduce stress? it depends on the amount of alcohol you're drinking.

When you get drunk, your inhibitions are lowered. You could be more willing to take risks, be more open, or interact with people you don’t usually talk to.