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There are plenty of words to describe it: bladdered, slaughtered, mullered, legless or as drunk as a skunk. Call it what you will, if you keep drinking beyond the early warning signs you're heading for trouble - trouble focussing, trouble speaking, trouble keeping upright.For that classic sitcom moment, the thing to do at the end of the evening is fall off the barstool. Falling over is a common mistake when drunk because alcohol affects the cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls fine movements. If finding the end of your nose with your index finger is difficult, you know your cerebellum has been affected.
BlottoResearchers think they know why inebriated people sometimes pass out. When people stand up their blood pressure drops and a sober body responds by tightening blood vessels. After knocking back a skinful, this system no longer works, which is why standing up to leave can induce a faint.
The danger zoneDrinking heavily is very dangerous. A major session can affect the medulla or brain-stem, which controls the basic functions of the body that keep you alive. Large quantities of drink cause a similar effect to general anaesthesia and lead to lack of consciousness and even death.
Vital electrolytes such as magnesium and potassium are excreted from the body with the urine. These minerals help keep the heart beating and dangerous cardiac arrhythmias can occur after heavy drinking.
Alcohol lowers your blood sugar levels as glucose is excreted in the urine. Along with the late night, this contributes to extensive yawning the following day.Electrolyte Imbalance & Tiriedness
Free radicals are harmful molecules formed in the liver as it struggles to break down ethanol. Usually, these are seen off by an anti-oxidant called glutathione but its reserves can run low after a drinking session.
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